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Landry and Bourhis are credited with coining the term linguistic landscapes, which they defined as “the language of public road signs, advertising billboards, street names, place names, commercial shop signs, and public signs on government buildings [combined] to form the linguistic landscape”. Based on a broad study of linguistics through a college course with Jim King and a shared love of travel, I took a phenomenological approach to this self-study as I explored the linguistic landscapes of three unfamiliar countries. I analyzed the photographic data I collected to understand what information I gained from the signs and how I used the information to meet my needs. I believe this kind of data could influence visual literacy research and instruction in a way that may help tie in-school teaching to an enriching life outside of school.

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Linguistic Landscapes and the Navigation of New Cities: A Phenomenological Self-study of what Jim King Taught Me, in L. Persohn & A. Frier (Eds.), EXTRA: A Festschrift in Honor of James R. King, University of South Florida College of Education, Tampa, FL, p. 122-148

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