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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Document Type: Research Article
School of Language, Arts & Media, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji
School of Language, Arts & Media, University of the South Pacific, Port Vila, Vanuatu
July 3, 2020
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