Semiotic Rural Landscapes and the Performance of Community in Villages. A Case Study from Low German-Speaking Northern Germany

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

This article analyses the semiotic landscapes of 19 villages in Low German-speaking northern Germany, thus contributing to the growing body of research in the field of semiotic landscapes in rural settings. Drawing from Blokland’s (2017) typology of community, it analyses the semiotic landscapes of the villages as material manifestations of communicative practices and performances which create fluid, flexible configurations of community. The analysis reveals that signage in this particular rural context reflects social processes by which individuals and communities have constructed new images of themselves by using elements of local tradition, culture, language, and history. In doing so, they have also carved out a specific approach to tourism for themselves, which is opposed to mass and package tourism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)128-154
JournalLinguistic Landscape
Volume6
Issue number2
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 7 Apr 2020

Keywords

  • semiotic landscapes
  • rural communities
  • Low German

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Semiotic Rural Landscapes and the Performance of Community in Villages. A Case Study from Low German-Speaking Northern Germany'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this