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English and lexical inventiveness in the Italian linguistic landscape  (2013)

Authors:
Vettorel, Paola; Franceschi, Valeria
Title:
English and lexical inventiveness in the Italian linguistic landscape
Year:
2013
Type of item:
Articolo in Rivista
Tipologia ANVUR:
Articolo su rivista
Language:
Inglese
Format:
A Stampa
Referee:
Name of journal:
ENGLISH TEXT CONSTRUCTION
ISSN of journal:
1874-8767
N° Volume:
6
Number or Folder:
2
Page numbers:
238-270
Keyword:
English in the linguistic landscape; lexical inventiveness; English and local languages; English as a Lingua Franca
Short description of contents:
The study of the linguistic landscape has seen a growing interest in recent years, focusing on written information publicly available in a given territory, city or area (Landry & Bourhis 1997). English is widely present in the linguistic landscape worldwide (e.g. Shohamy & Gorter 2009; Shohamy, Ben-Rafael & Barni 2010, Cenoz & Gorter 2006, 2008), often in its lingua franca role (Bruyèl-Olmedo & Juan-Garau 2009), and Italy appears to be no exception (Gorter 2007; Griffin 2004; Ross 1997; Schlick 2003; Coluzzi 2009). This paper investigates examples of lexical inventiveness involving English in a set of data gathered in the linguistic landscape of some cities and towns in Veneto (Northern Italy), each with different though complementary contextual characteristics. Signs containing English, either monolingually or in combination with Italian, were selected and analysed as to lexical creativity, as well as semantic shifts/extensions. The data shows that English is often employed both in monolingual or in hybrid/bilingual processes at several linguistic levels, from orthography to word-formation (Huebner 2006), testifying to its pervasive presence in expanding circle contexts, either as a (globalized) symbol of modernity or asappropriation of linguistic practices.
Product ID:
79239
Handle IRIS:
11562/625351
Deposited On:
January 16, 2014
Last Modified:
November 12, 2021
Bibliographic citation:
Vettorel, Paola; Franceschi, Valeria, English and lexical inventiveness in the Italian linguistic landscape «ENGLISH TEXT CONSTRUCTION» , vol. 6 , n. 22013pp. 238-270

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