Mehrsprachigkeit in Wiens Straßen und Märkten

Variant title
Multilingualism in Vienna's streets and markets
Author: Fritz, Thomas
Source document: Brünner Beiträge zur Germanistik und Nordistik. 2019, vol. 33, iss. Supplementum, pp. 57-65
  • ISSN
    1803-7380 (print)
    2336-4408 (online)
Type: Article
This paper starts with a short debate on the role of the research method of "linguistic landscapes", which is part of the ethnographic paradigm. It presents multilingualism, or rather metrolingualism in the market place; a space where languages meet and intermingle and multilingual repertoires collaborate to make linguistic actions possible. The socio-demographic element of linguistic landscapes is also shown in the existence of China Town in Vienna. Multilingualism "from below" is contrasted to the official language policies of the country.
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