"How Much Dutch? The Linguistic Landscape of Holland Michiganý. LIB 100 / 201 APPROVED!
Date and TimeThursday, March 29, 2018
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
- Kirkhof Center » RM 2204 PERE MARQUETTE
The project focuses on the intersection of language use, language attitudes, identity, and tourism in public spaces to understand their effects on what it means to be "local" and on shaping the identity of the city. More specifically, this ethnography explores how people create meaning through and with language in the multimodal linguistic landscape of Holland, Michigan, a small city and tourist destination on the shore of Lake 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.