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Lingscape – Linguistic landscaping

Main Project Information
Presented By University of Luxembourg
Goal Document and analyze cultural diversity in public signage
Task Collect photos of signs and lettering in public space
Where Global, anywhere on the planet

Have you ever wondered how many signs you pass on your daily way to work? In which languages these signs are lettered? And how language in public space changes over time? Welcome to Lingscape!

Writing is everywhere in public space. All different kinds of signs and lettering form the linguistic landscape of a place or community. Often these signs display different languages, be they on the same sign or next to each other. Lingscape is an app for researching such linguistic landscapes all over the world. Therefore we collect photos of signs and lettering on an interactive map.

Our main objectives: We want to analyze the diversity and dynamics of public writing. And we want to do that together with people from all over the world.

You can help us to collect as many photos as possible. Upload your own photos or explore the map with all photos added by other users. Share photos you like with your friends. Become part of our crowd research team by contributing to the project.

Citizen science meets linguistic landscaping, or short: Lingscape!

How to Join

Download the Lingscape app via Google Play Store or Apple App Store; a new version of the app will be released in January (including customizable taxonomies for projects)

Google Play link:

Apple Appstore link:

Project Timing Participants can submit photos non-stop
Social Media
Android App URL
Ideal Age Group Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Every few days
Average Time Less than an hour
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity At the beach, On a walk, run, On a hike, At school
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags dialects, digital humanities, education, inscriptions, language, language policy, lettering, linguistic landscapes, linguistics, minority languages, public space, signage, signs, teaching tools
Project Updated 12/21/2018