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The Linguistic Landscape Of Transnationalism: The Divided Heart Of Europe

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A transnational diaspora refers to immigrant groups which, tends to insert themselves into new societies (?hostlands") without disengaging emotionally, culturally, or even socially from their societies of origin (?homelands") or from fellow-diasporans settled elsewhere. Linguistic Landscape (LL) refers to all linguistic objects that mark the public space. It includes all written elements, LL items found outside private homes from road signs to names of streets, shops or schools. Research on language attitudes in Brussels and in Belgium has revealed the linguistic tensions taking place, especially between the French and Flemish communities. In view of the segmentation of Brussels' urban space, the research was conducted in fifteen different neighborhoods. The researchers walked around different areas, and photographed shops, public buildings, road and street signs, offices and so on. They further categorized and analyzed those pictures according to linguistic criteria.

Keywords: Linguistic Landscape (LL); transnational diaspora



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