Names in the Frisian linguistic landscape

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In this contribution about the study of linguistic landscapes, the focus is on the
use of names in a case-study of the province of Fryslân. Signage, in particular
names, can be a visible marker of the multilingualism of a region or a city. Based
upon the model “Multilingual Inequality in Public Spaces” (MIPS), an analysis is
presented in five steps of policy processes, the production of signage, the meaning
and characteristics of signs, as well as their perception and use by people.
The conclusion is that in Fryslân the number of signs that include Frisian is so
low that it is hardly noticeable. The linguistic landscape is obviously not a reflection
of the sociolinguistic situation. Overall, the study shows that the analysis
of the linguistic landscape can lead to new insights into the role of names in the
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrom West to North Frisia A Journey along the North Sea Coast. Frisian studies in honour of Jarich Hoekstra
EditorsAlistair Walker, Eric Hoekstra, Goffe Jensma, Wendy Vanselow, Willem Visser, Christoph Winter
Place of PublicationAmsterdam/Philadelphia
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing
ISBN (Electronic)978 90 272 5826 7
ISBN (Print)978 90 272 1016 6
Publication statusPublished - 22 Feb 2022

Publication series

NameNOWELE Supplement Series (NSS)
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing
ISSN (Print)0900-8675


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