Professor Remlinger Wins Kutsche Community Collaboration Grant
The project, How Much Dutch? the Linguistic Landscape of Holland, Michigan, is funded by the Kutsche Office of Local History and in partnership with an undergraduate research assistant and two community partners: Herrick Library and the Holland Museum. The project explores how people create meaning through and with language in the multimodal linguistic landscape of Holland, Michigan. The project examines how language use in the public spaces that make up the city discursively reimagine Holland as a “Dutch” city. This reimagining affects particular ways of understanding larger sociocultural meanings about ethnicity, place, and their relationship to language use and language attitudes. The goal is to demonstrate how the linguistic landscape functions not only to promote the city and local events, but also to sell the idea of a sense of place and a local identity. More significantly, with these findings I aim to create public awareness about the links among identity, place, language, and language attitudes.