This article examines multilingual signs in the streets of Tokyo. It focuses on the diachronic development of Tokyo's linguistic landscape since the early 1990s. Based on data gained in the course of an empirical study in 2003, it will be demonstrated how the coexistence of older and newer types of signs allows for the detection and reconstruction of ongoing changes in language use patterns. Results suggest an increase in linguistic heterogeneity with regard to (1) languages and scripts contained on the signs; (2) amount of multilingual information; (3) foreign language proficiency; and (4) proportion of languages and scripts.
|Number of pages||19|
|Journal||International Journal of the Sociology of Language|
|Publication status||Published - 2005 Nov 18|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Language and Linguistics
- Linguistics and Language