Wiley is visiting MSU at the invitation of the MSU sociolinguistics "Global Midwest" collaborative team, headed by Peter De Costa (Second Language Studies) and Camelia Suleiman (Arabic). The team, who received seed funding from the College this summer for a joint exploration of linguistic landscapes in the Chinese-, Arabic- and Nepali-speaking communities in south-east Michigan, are hoping to receive further funding from the Humanities Without Walls Initiative. Terrence Wiley is a consultant to the project. Other collaborators include MSU faculty Russell Lucas (Global Studies), Thomas Padilla (Digital Humanities, MSU Library) and Suzanne Wagner (Linguistics), as well as Suresh Canagarajah (Penn State University) and Mariana Pacheco (University of Wisconsin-Madison).
As Wiley explains in the abstract for his talk, a linguistic landscape approach to the study of heritage languages takes into account the visual world and local space in which those languages are embedded. This is the approach largely taken by the MSU group, so we're hoping to learn a lot more from Prof. Wiley.
Considerations for Linguistic Landscape Analysis in the Midwest
Terrence Wiley, President of the Center for Applied Linguistics
4:00 PM, October 15 2014, B-342 Wells Hall
In recent years, linguistic landscape (LL) analysis has been gaining in application and popularity. LL analysis is particularly valuable in providing visible evidence of heritage and community languages (HLs- CLs) in public spaces, clues regarding the contexts and functions of their use, insights into linguistic social networks, evidence of linguistic vitality, and opportunities to link language teaching in classrooms with real-world language use. This presentation will consider applications of LL analysis for the Midwest and share examples from a recent study involving ‘multilayered representation’ of community-based sites in the southwest that utilized several approaches to LL analysis involving: (1) historical and contemporary mapping and documentation of HL-CL communities; (2) linking mapping tools with census data to explore social networks; (3) analyzing street-level signage and commercial uses of HLs, as well as bottom up messaging in public spaces. The paper will conclude with suggestions for engaging students in LL analysis.