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Multilingualism and the Periphery$
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Sari Pietikainen and Helen Kelly-Holmes

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199945177

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945177.001.0001

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The (De-)Centring Spaces of Airports

The (De-)Centring Spaces of Airports

Framing Mobility and Multilingualism

(p.154) Chapter 9 The (De-)Centring Spaces of Airports
Multilingualism and the Periphery

Adam Jaworski

Crispin Thurlow

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This chapter considers the discursive, social and environmental relationships embedded in two airport spaces Cardiff Airport/Maes Awyr Caerdydd and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac). Both research sites are treated as ‘text types’ or genres in terms of four defining moments or stages: approach, departures, airside and arrivals. In each of these stages, we witness how ‘centre’ and ‘periphery’ are both static and dynamic, permanent and transient, and how they are also dialectically constituted through the deployment of various discourses, genres and styles, including multiple language codes alongside images, interactions, bodies and artefacts. With a special focus on mono- and multi-lingual displays, we comment on the way these two regional airports ‘put themselves on the map’ by positioning themselves – and their passengers – as being simultaneously connected to the global (i.e. gateways to the world) and to the local (i.e. thresholds to ‘home’).

Keywords:   airports, globalization, mobility, bi- and multilingualism, semiotic landscape, space

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