Language, Culture, and Knowledge in Context - A Functional-Cognitive Approach - Brian Nolan

Language, Culture, and Knowledge in Context - A Functional-Cognitive Approach - Brian Nolan

The Linguistic Landscape

Language, Culture, and Knowledge in Context - A Functional-Cognitive Approach - Brian Nolan

Brian Nolan [+-]
Technological University Dublin (retired)
Dr. Brian Nolan is a retired Head of School of Informatics and Engineering at the Technological University Dublin, in Ireland. His research interests include linguistic theory at the morpho-syntactic semantic interface, argument structure and valence, constructions in grammar, event structure in language, the architecture of the lexicon and computational approaches to language processing, computational linguistics, speech act theory, context and common ground. His linguistic work has been in the functional linguistic model of Role and Reference Grammar and he has published extensively internationally. In 2012 Dr. Nolan published his book with Equinox on the linguistic structure of Irish in a Role and Reference Grammar account entitled The structure of Modern Irish: A functional account. In 2013, Benjamins published his co-edited volume Linking constructions into functional linguistics – The role of constructions in grammar in their Studies in Language Companion series. His co-edited Benjamin volume on computational linguistics and linguistic theory, Language processing and grammars: The role of functionally oriented computational models was published in 2014, also in their Studies in Language Companion series. He also co-edited a Benjamins book on ‘Causation, transfer and permission’ in linguistic theory, which appeared in early 2015. In January 2017, Benjamins published his co-edited book on complex predication entitled Argument realisation in complex predicates and complex events: Verb verb constructions at the syntax semantic interface. In 2019, Dr. Nolan co-edited a volume with Cambridge Scholars Publishing on the ‘Linguistic perspectives on the construction of meaning and knowledge: The linguistic, pragmatic, ontological and computational dimensions’.


In Chapter 4, The linguistic landscape, we discuss the linguistic landscape as an environment where public displays, that incorporate language, act and function as a form of sign. The visible use of language on signs in the public environment constitutes the linguistic landscape of a place. We examine the functions of linguistic landscape as supporting cultural identity and providing important identity markers of communities. As signs in the linguistic landscape consist of a mix of visual and textual elements, we explore the linguistic and visual structures within the realm of visual communication and visual semiotics. People inhabit this human linguistic landscape in time and space. Language on these public signs is a specific type of language use which is distinct from other forms of written and spoken communication. We include a case study on the linguistic landscape and cultural identity.

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Nolan, Brian . The Linguistic Landscape. Language, Culture, and Knowledge in Context - A Functional-Cognitive Approach. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 55-77 Mar 2022. ISBN 9781800501928. Date accessed: 18 Apr 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.41896. Mar 2022

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