Papen, Uta (2012) Commercial discourses, gentrification and citizens' protest: the linguistic landscape of Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin. Journal of Sociolinguistics, 16 (1). pp. 56-81. ISSN 1360-6441Full text not available from this repository.
Since reunification in 1990, Prenzlauer Berg, located in the former East Berlin, has turned from a cheap and neglected area into a popular middle class neighbourhood. The area’s new character is reflected in its linguistic landscape. These days the signs of posh shops and trendy bars adorn its streets. But alternative views are noticeable too. Graffiti is present even on the most expensively refurbished buildings and residents put up slogans to protest against their flats being refurbished and sold to new owners. This case study of the changing graphic environment of Prenzlauer Berg shows that despite the strong influence of commercial discourses the public space remains an area of contestation between civil society and the state. The particular approach to linguistic landscape I developed combines textual and visual analysis with interviews with sign producers. This has enabled me to show how the linguistic landscape both reflects as well as shapes social change and urban development in Berlin since reunification.
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of Sociolinguistics|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||linguistic landscape ; Berlin ; discourses ; gentrification|
|Subjects:||P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics|
|Departments:||Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language|
|Deposited On:||09 Nov 2011 18:51|
|Last Modified:||26 Jul 2012 19:45|
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