Documenting the presence of English in the expanding circle: Linguistic landscapes of Santiago, Chile

Edwards, Susan (2014) Documenting the presence of English in the expanding circle: Linguistic landscapes of Santiago, Chile. Linguistic Landscape . ISSN ISSN 2214-9953 (Submitted)

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Chile is considered to be within ‘the expanding circle’ – countries where English has no official status, and is used for limited purposes. However, the learning of English has been promoted in Chilean public schools since 2004, and English words and phrases are now seen in the linguistic landscape of Chile – the language of public signage. The research reported in this paper focussed on the linguistic landscapes of major streets in three municipalities within greater Santiago, the capital city of Chile. The research aimed to photograph all public signs within the defined locations, to document the use of English, and to analyse how and where English is used, and by whom. As there have been no previous linguistic landscape studies carried out in Chile, the research is a contribution to the literature surrounding the spread and use of English, as well as language contact and language change.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords that describe the item:linguistic landscape, expanding circle, English, Chile, Santiago, anglicisms, loanwords, hybrid forms
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions:Schools > School of Education
ID Code:4226
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Deposited On:16 Dec 2015 22:21
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