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Signs of multilingualism in the urban linguistic landscapes of Fiji and Vanuatu: reflections of national identity

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This paper examines the visibility of different languages within the landscapes of two capital cities, Suva (Fiji) and Port Vila (Vanuatu), as an exploration of symbolic constructions of national identity. Data from digital photographs is analysed from four different angles: the languages that appear to be used to serve and sell to the multilingual public of each city; the languages that are found on top-down official signage; the presence or absence of the indigenous languages of the land from which independent nations have been created; and the fusions of multiple linguistic resources together as signs of a national linguistic hybridity that is meaningful to all.
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Keywords: Fiji; Linguistic landscapes; Vanuatu; multilingualism; national identity

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: School of Language, Arts & Media, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji 2: School of Language, Arts & Media, University of the South Pacific, Port Vila, Vanuatu

Publication date: July 3, 2020

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