English in Asian Linguistic Landscapes

Kingsley Bolton, Werner Botha, Siu-Lun Lee

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Linguistic landscape research is a rapidly evolving area of study which draws on
a range of disciplines and theoretical backgrounds and utilizes a wide range of
research methodologies. The field of linguistic landscapes can be traced back to
Spolsky and Cooper’s (1991) study of signage in Jerusalem, but the popularity of
linguistic landscapes as a field of inquiry in applied linguistics, multilingualism,
and sociolinguistics is of a much more recent origin (Coulmas, 2009). A seminal
article by Landry and Bourhis (1997) defined linguistic landscape research as
“[the] language of public road signs, advertising billboards, street names, place
names, commercial shop signs, and public signs on government buildings combines to form the linguistic landscape of a given territory, region, or urban agglomeration” (p. 25).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Handbook of Asian Englishes
EditorsKingsley Bolton, Werner Botha, Andy Kirkpatrick
Place of PublicationNew Jersey
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)9781118791790, 9781118791653, 9781118791882
ISBN (Print)9781118791806
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2020


  • English
  • Asian
  • Linguistic Landscapes


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