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Title: Regional languages in the linguistic landscape : the visibility and status of Occitan and Corsican in southern France
Author: Amos, H. W. G.
ISNI:       0000 0004 6496 2188
Awarding Body: University of Liverpool
Current Institution: University of Liverpool
Date of Award: 2017
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This thesis explores the interconnections between the French regional languages (RLs) Occitan and Corsican and their visibility in the linguistic landscape (LL). Through an assessment of written signage photographed in the city centres of Marseille, Toulouse (Occitan), Ajaccio, and Bastia (Corsican), the analysis examines the relationships between the RLs and other languages, and their expression in multiple political, commercial, and cultural contexts. The study is structured both as analyses of empirical data collected in the four cities, and two case studies addressing specific elements of RL visibility. For the purposes of the primary analysis, 100-metre stretches of twenty streets were selected in each of the four cities. For the case studies, the data are composed of a set of bilingual street signs in Toulouse, and a corpus of signage collected on the Mariani campus of the University of Corsica in the historic town of Corte. The thesis employs an original methodology, which is based on elements of both the qualitative and quantitative arms of the LL field. Information is thus recorded not only for the RL items, but for every item encountered in the streets. This permits not only an evaluation of the contexts in which Occitan and Corsican are visible, but also of how this relates statistically to the presence of French, English, and other languages in these contexts. The purpose of this approach is to assess the visibility and status of the RLs in a relative way to the other languages visible on the streets. The analyses consist of data-driven conclusions about the spaces and contexts in which the RLs were recorded, alongside close analysis of individual items photographed during the fieldwork. The case studies are considered in isolation of the street survey data, though they are discussed in relation to the wider study in the conclusion. The conclusion also contrasts statistical comparisons between Occitan and Corsican with the wider corpora from both language areas. The findings confirm a number of hypotheses about the visibility of RLs in French contexts, and provide empirical evidence for the existence and proliferation of Occitan and Corsican in specific settings. Since the quantitative data record information about materiality, authorship, contextual placement, and the subject matter of texts, the study reports not only the visibility of the RLs in a general sense, but also provides close detailed contextualization of this visibility. The thesis thus addresses research questions relating both to the RLs and to the methodology itself, since it is situated in the context of the developing LL field and the experimental nature of its research methods. Hence, the conclusion reflects on the data both from the perspective of the immediate study and a more general discussion about the future of the field, and potential for further development of largescale, quantitative LL research methods.
Supervisor: Blackwood, R. ; Tufi, S. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral