Title

Public Signage in a Multilingual Caribbean Enclave

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

2020

ISBN

9789027205452

Department

World Languages and Cultures

Abstract

This study examines the linguistic landscape of the islands of Old Providence and Santa Catalina, Colombia, a language contact scenario. Over 700 pictures were geotagged in order to analyze the use and location of Spanish, Islander Creole, and English in public signage and to examine the factors that contribute to the distribution of these languages. The linguistic landscape analysis shows Islander Creole and English clustered into specific locations in these islands, where the community has made attempts to preserve their ancestral languages. Conversely, results show Spanish highly associated with businesses and local government in areas of financial and commercial importance. This study offers a description of the implicit language policies and the de facto language practices in islands where Spanish coexists with Creole languages.

Publication Title

Current Theoretical and Applied Perspectives on Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1075/ihll.27.13res

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