“Time, as it were, thickens, takes on flesh, becomes artistically visible; likewise, space becomes charged and responsive to the movements of time, plot and history.” (Bakhtin, The Dialogic Imagination, 1981) Literary critics, and more recently, linguistic anthropologists, have employed Bakhtin’s term chronotope, which translates directly to “timespace,” to assert the indivisible relationship between time, space,… Read More Dear 2016, Please Die. Love, 2016
When language researchers don’t treat “regular stuff” is complex, the results aren’t pretty. Let’s imagine what happens when we believe that sophistication is uncommon.… Read More Heteroglossia in Water Signage Among the Nnepu
How do we learn from and about the visual environment that we find ourselves in? In academia the fairly recent study of ‘Linguistic landscapes’ describes how languages are used in an environment, focusing on whether and how multiple languages are present in public spaces. Printed text is just one aspect of the meaning-packed (semiotically dense)… Read More (What) Are we learning from ‘linguistic landscapes’?