Call for Papers: Crossing the urban-rural border: Linguistic landscapes in Asia and Oceania, Special issue of Sociolinguistic Studies. Guest editors: guest editor, Xiaofang Yao (University of Melbourne) and Samantha Zhan Xu (University of Sydney). Deadline for abstracts: May 30,2021.
The study of linguistic landscape aims to understand the use of languages and other semiotic resources in the public space. As a new toolkit for sociolinguistics, linguistic landscape studies have focused on documenting multilingualism in urban centres and globalised cities. Although superdiverse city centres offer abundant multilingual and multimodal materials for analysis, this urban-centric focus in linguistic landscape research has been increasingly problematised by emerging studies of rural and remote communities.
Editors invite contributions from scholars which broadly address the theme of crossing the urban-rural border in linguistic landscapes, and are particularly interested in original research from the Asia-Oceania context which seeks to problematise the urban and rural divide in linguistic landscape studies. Also welcomed are comparative studies which explore rural, marginal or peripheral areas vis-à-vis urban areas. Diverse and innovative approaches beyond linguistic focus are strongly encouraged, such as multimodal, multi-semiotic, ethnographic perspectives and interdisciplinary approaches.