Linguistic Landscape as an arena of conflict – language removal, exclusion, and ethnic identity construction in Lithuania (Vilnius)
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AbstractThis chapter explores historical and modern ethnic tensions in Lithuanian society. It analyses how written languages interact with the physical features of the cityscape to construct new landscapes and express ethnic conflicts, exclusion and inequality resulting from sociopolitical and ideological power changes. The chapter illustrates that language is key to managing and resolving such conflicts. It discusses a multimodal diachronic Linguistic Landscape (LL) analysis in combination with synchronic analysis. The chapter attempts to decipher the seeming disorder, however chaotic it appears to be, using the structuralist methodological principles developed in social science and cultural geography. In relation to LL, the structuralist principle “may transpire in the stronger social actors’ capacity to impose limitations on weaker actors’ use of linguistic resources”. However, cultural landscapes always represent social, economic, political and cultural trends that can lead to the re-evaluation of landscape elements.
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DescriptionThis is an accepted manuscript of an article published by Routledge in The Routledge Handbook of Language in Conflict on 23/05/2019, available online: https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429058011 The accepted version of the publication may differ from the final published version.
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