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LRDG: Children as Linguistic Landscapers

Date: 28 January 2014 Time: 1.00-2.00 pm

Venue: C89, County South, Lancaster University

At the next Literacy Research Discussion Group session (Tuesday 28 January) we will be pleased to welcome Ulla Lundqvist (University of Copenhagen) who will be speaking on:

Children as Linguistic Landscapers

I present preliminary findings from a recent case study on children's language socialization in Copenhagen, Denmark. The project falls within the frames of Linguistic Ethnography (Rampton 2007, Creese 2008), and sees language and literacy as social practice, which exists in multiple forms (Barton 2010). The study includes Linguistic Landscaping. I draw on recent research within the field (Malinowski 2009, Papen 2012, Blommaert 2013), and expand the traditional approach of Linguistic Landscaping by including children as participants in the data production. This presentation discusses urban children's understandings of language and literacy in their everyday spaces seen through the lens of Linguistic Landscaping. My findings raises questions like how is our landscape made through language, how is language and literacy represented in urban children's pictures of their everyday spaces, and how do children author the landscape?

Venue: C89, County South, Lancaster University.

Time: 1-2pm.

All welcome.


Who can attend: Anyone


Further information

Organising departments and research centres: Lancaster Literacy Research Centre, Linguistics and English Language

Keywords: Children, Linguistic ethnography, Literacy


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