Multilingualism in Tokyo: A Look into the Linguistic Landscape

  title={Multilingualism in Tokyo: A Look into the Linguistic Landscape},
  author={Peter Backhaus},
  journal={International Journal of Multilingualism},
  pages={52 - 66}
  • P. Backhaus
  • Published 15 April 2006
  • Linguistics
  • International Journal of Multilingualism
This paper is about multilingual signs in Tokyo. It is based on empirical research conducted in 2003. Special attention is given to the distinction between official and nonofficial multilingual signs. It will be demonstrated that the two types of signs exhibit some essentially different characteristics with regard to the languages contained and their arrangement on a sign. These differences will be interpreted using the notions of power and solidarity. While official signs are designed mainly… 
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