Solvita Burr Pošeiko

Solvita Burr Pošeiko
University of Washington Seattle | UW · Department of Scandinavian Studies

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I'm visiting lecturer of Latvian Studies at UW and senior researcher at Latvian Language Institute in Latvia

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Introduction
I'm interested in multidisciplinary cityscape studies (mainly semiotic landscape, linguistic landscape, cultural landscape), language policy and management, language teaching, and multiliteracies

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The journal consists of nine theoretical and experience-based articles on online Latvian-language-teaching materials, methods, and challenges during Covid-19 and two students' reflexive essays about learning Latvian as a foreign language abroad.
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Combining several interrelated understandings of cemeteries as socio-spatial platforms (i.e., marked, practiced, explored; see Lefebvre 1991), the aim of the article is to discuss guided tourism practices in cemeteries in Latvia as being either observational or participatory. We ask the following research questions to achieve this goal: - What do...
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This is the introduction of the journal's "Linguistica Lettica" 29th issue with the theme "Make a promise, listen to someone, or name someone/something. The journal is available here: http://lavi.lu.lv/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Linguistica_Lettica_29.pdf
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Rapid technological development and the growth of educators’ and students’ digital skills have allowed e-textbooks to take root in different school subjects’ pedagogical practices. This article’s aim is to compare two e-textbooks – A Guide for Exploring City Texts (Berra (Burr), 2020) and Linguistic Landscapes in English Language Teaching: A Pedago...
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The chapter examines a trilingual house number sign which has repeatedly been defined by Latvia’s public bodies as a language problem due to its use of foreign languages in addition to the state language. These metalinguistic actions have caused two-year-long discussions not only on language use on the sign, but also on normative documents which re...
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One important and recurring theme in LL studies is the use of LL signs in language-learning, for example by involving language learners in a LL investigation as an empirical outdoor activity. So far, attention has centered on using LL for contextual input to teach an additional language to different age groups (e.g., Cenoz & Gorter 2008, Sayer 2009...
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LL research in Latvia so far show that LL signs of the official sphere reflect the state’s ideology and language policy more accurately (e.g. Marten 2010; Marten 2012; Pošeiko 2015a, 2015b). However, there have been some broader public discussions among the main social actors (i.e. LL sign owners, the State Language Center, experts and media) about...
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One important and recurring theme in LL studies is the use of LL signs in language-learning, for example by involving language learners in a LL investigation as an empirical outdoor activity. So far, attention has centered on using LL for contextual input to teach an additional language to different age groups (e.g., Cenoz & Gorter 2008, Sayer 2009...
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"Ceļvedis pilsētu tekstu izpētē" is a reference for linguists (esp., new researchers), a linguo-didactics book for educators (incl. prospective teachers), and a textbook for students (esp., high school students and undergraduate students). Although most of the book is in Latvian, it contains text (multimodal examples and activities; the book’s mai...
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“Authentic Texts in Language Acquisition: Theories, Approaches and Practices” is a linguo-didactics book in Latvian for prospective and new teachers of Latvian as a foreign language or of other foreign languages. The book focuses on how to involve authentic texts (incl. city texts, or linguistic landscape (LL) signs) in language teaching. Which tex...
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The aim of the article is to theoretically substantiate the use of graffiti in the learning process and practically demonstrate how graffiti texts could be included in teaching language as L1. Graffiti examples are taken from the linguistic landscape of Latvia to discuss with secondary school pupils the language use in the city, emotions in languag...
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Publication databases show that studies on linguistic landscapes (LL) have increased in recent years. The research area, topics and the field’s interdisciplinary theoretical foundation have expanded (Pütz, Mundt 2018; Malinowski, Tufi 2020). However, public handwritten texts in contemporary LL is not sufficiently discussed. The results of my Latvia...
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The most extensive Linguistic Landscape (LL) study in the Baltic states (Pošeiko 2015) shows that written texts belonging to the commercial sphere of the LL dominate in regional city centers; name signs of enterprises were identified the most often. Thus, the commercial namescape is a significant part of the LL and the cityscape and plays a signifi...
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Latvian as a foreign language has been taught in different parts of the world since the beginning of the 20th century. Currently, Latvian is taught in some 20 foreign universities in Europe, Asia and the US. Introducing photos of written texts seen in Latvian cities is one way of showing students the authentic use of Latvian in public communication...
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Latvian as a foreign language has been taught in different parts of the world since the beginning of the 20th century. Currently, Latvian is taught in some 20 foreign universities in Europe, Asia and the US. Introducing photos of written texts seen in Latvian cities is one way of showing students the authentic use of Latvian in public communication...
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I have published a blog post in English about health and health advertisements in the Latvian linguistic landscape. In this popular-scientific post, I define 15 categories of such texts, give an overview of experts' recommendations for effective advertising and ethics, formulate the typical features of health- and health-care-related texts, and des...
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The book combines a theoretical and methodological part and a practical part (collection of tasks with/about LL signs). The aims of the book are threefold: (1) to spread the word in Latvia about the linguistic landscape’s being a useful place for learning and an open dataset for language teaching/learning and research, (2) to discuss topics relate...
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The article offers a set of learning activities for classes 7-9 in the Latvian language on the subject ‘Sharing with Love’. Its aim is to improve the knowledge of emotional expression, the skill to determine and use the verbal and non-verbal expression means and methods of this language depending on the text’s genre and communication situation. For...
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The aim of the article is to theoretically substantiate the use of graffiti in the learning process and practically demonstrate how graffiti texts could be included in language acquisition (especially in the language as a first language lessons). Graffiti examples are taken from the linguistic landscape of Latvia to discuss with secondary school pu...
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Šajā rakstā uzmanība ir pievērsta pieaugušo valodas izglītībai, lai, pirmkārt, analizētu valodu mācību centru reklāmas, noskaidrojot, kā uzņēmumi, kam valodu kursi ir peļņas avots, reklamē svešvalodas un kā piesaista klientu (resp., valodu apguvēju) uzmanību un veido noteiktus priekšstatus valodu nozīmi un lietderīgumu dažādu mērķu īstenošanai. Otr...
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This chapter explores commercial names in the Baltic states with regard to international influence and local language practices in terms of glocalization. Results from content analysis of commercial names suggest that glocal tendencies of the Baltic LL include, first, the use of global languages (mainly English, but also classical languages) in sym...
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The article has two aims. The theoretical aim is to consider the language management theory as a model of metalinguistic activities within context of research approaches of other language policies and planning. In its turn, the practical aim is to show in what way the theoretical model of language management could be used for research in particular...
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This study analyzes the dynamics of the language situation between 2010 and 2015, discussing the language proficiency and language use of Latvia’s residents in various sociolinguistic domains, the existing proficiency of various languages in society, and the position of these languages within the linguistic environment. Other topics discussed inclu...
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In the article I characterize whether and how language signs and the linguistic landscape can promote the determination of the functions of the language and language signs and usage according to the context and communication situation so that the language user can achieve the desired goal. To illustrate and analyze the way language use and language...
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The paper has four aims: 1) define what the semiotic landscape is and what the basic principles of its analysis are; 2) explain why it would be useful to use the semiotic landscape approach in exploring commercial outdoor advertising information; 3) define what geosemiotics is and what its research steps are; 4) illustrate theoretical findings with...
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In the first half of the 20th century, Riga experienced the decline of the Russian Empire, the Russian Revolution of 1905, the dawn ofsocial democracy, the First World War and subsequent Proclamation of Independence, the Latvian Provisional Government and Karlis Ulmanis’ authoritarian regime, the Second World War and occupation by the Soviet Union....
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The texts of advertisements from translation companies utilize metalinguistic functions comparatively often to tell about language and language services. Advertisement texts from 33 translation companies in the LL and VLL are analyzed in this article in order to identify common techniques and tools used in the formation of typical advertisement tex...
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The institutions’, organizations' and companies’ names, or ergonyms, that create the commercial ergonymia of public space in the linguistic landscape of 9 cities of the Baltic countries are explored in the article. Therefore, it is a significant part of an onomastic landscape (in narrow sense), linguistic landscape, and urban landscape (in broader...
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This chapter provides an overview of the use of the Latgalian written language in various sociolinguistically meaningful domains: science, education and culture, mass media, public announcements in cities, tourism, while highlighting the most important events, the most active participants (researchers, individuals active in society and culture) and...
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Images of women in the semiotic landscape of the Baltic states In researching the linguistic landscape (LL) of nine cities in the Baltic states, this article will show that female discourse is significant within public areas and spaces. This has been linguistically proven by female personal names in ergonyms, as well as by female ergo-nyms and them...
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p> The theme described in the title is connected with public advertising texts from two informational sources: newspapers printed in Daugavpils („Daugavas Vēstnesis” ‘The Daugava Herald’, „Daugavas Vārds” ‘The Daugava’s Word’, „Latgales Ziņas” ‘Latgalian News’ and „ Latgales Vēstnesis” ‘The Latgale Herald”) and the linguistic landscape of the city,...
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In Latvia, during the last decades, sexual minorities are widely discussed, and pride as love festival of sexual freedom is one of the contributors to such discussions. In 2015, a significant event of LGBT – “Europride” – took place in Latvia for the first time. Sources of the research: 383 photos with language signs published on the Internet, vide...
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This paper will focus on the LL of Daugavpils from a diachronic point of view in order to describe the usage of the Latvian language in the public space since the middle of the 19 th century until today, as well as the socioeconomic and political factors which inß uence the language situation. Research sources are old photos which depict legible si...
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The current article is an empirical approach reviewing the theories for the factors for formation of identity and self-conception in the adolescent. Under the theories for internal attribution and temporal perspective the study was conducted with teenagers between 11 and 18 years with different achievements. The aim is to show the relevance between...
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In public space there is the information, that is always designed with a specific purpose. For example, signposts are placed to provide direction guidance and to highlight some of the most important objects. Public signs function as the visiting cards of some institution or enterprise, creating indirectly a definite image of these institutions or s...
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Linguistic landscape (LL) research of nine cities of the Baltic States shows that feminine discourse is of an essential significance in the public space. This is linguistically proved by feminine person’s names in ergonyms, also by female ergonyms and graffiti themes. However, there are multi-modal advertisements reflecting women and female items i...
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Daugavpils (Latvia) and Narva (Estonia) are cities in the Baltic States and signiÞ cant cultural and economic centres of their respective countries. These cities are characterized by a minority of nationals (19.8% of residents of Daugavpils are Latvian, 4% of residents of Narva are Estonian) and a similar linguistic situation: there is a dominance...
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Daugavpils (Latvia) and Narva (Estonia) are cities in the Baltic States and signiÞ cant cultural and economic centres of their respective countries. These cities are characterized by a minority of nationals (19.8% of residents of Daugavpils are Latvian, 4% of residents of Narva are Estonian) and a similar linguistic situation: there is a dominance...
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This paper gives an overview of activities which have been carried out in the fi eld of Linguistic Landscapes (LL) at Rēzekne University College (Rēzeknes Augstskola, RA) since 2008. Between 2009 and 2012, LL research was carried out within the framework of one of the work groups of the TILRA project funded by the European Social Funds (ESF). TILRA...
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Pētījuma mērķis ir aplūkot grafiti terminoloģijas, analīzes un interpretācijas jautājumus un atklāt grafiti izveides un vēstījuma īpatnības, rakstītāju–lasītāju dialogu Baltijas valstu pilsētvidē, sevišķi Latvijas pilsētās. Kas tiek pateikts grafiti un kādā veidā tas tiek izdarīts? Kāds viedoklis par tiem ir publiskajā informācijas telpā? – šie ir...
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Raksta mērķis ir izvērtēt lingvistiskās ainavas laukā paveikto, apkopojot piecu gadu pieredzi un ieskicējot nākotnes perspektīvas turpmākajos pētījumos un studiju procesa satura plānojumā. Rakstā pamatā ir izmantota deskriptīvā pētniecības metode un kontentanalīze. Būtiskākie secinājumi: Lingvistiskās ainavas izpēte dažādās teritoriālajās vienībā...
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The space is a significant parameter of world’s existence, and a component making human’s experience and the view of the world; any culture’s understanding of the underlying principles of world’s formation, human’s place and purpose within it is associated with it. Language signs of the linguistic landscape are one of the external factors promoting...
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"Snake" is my prepared entry of the Lingvoterritorial Dictionary of Latgale (ed. Ilga Šuplinska). The entry is in Latgalian and English. The concept Snake is analyzed and described following the general structure of the entries in the Dictionary: 1. Entry title. 2. An explanation of the basic meaning of the entry (lexical; its etymology; a short d...
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This article looks at Latgalian from a perspective of a classification of languages. It starts by discussing relevant terms relating to sociolinguistic language types. It argues that Latgalian and its speakers show considerable similarities with many languages in Europe which are considered to be regional languages – hence, also Latgalian should be...

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