Spanish and Valencian in contact
The purpose of my study is to analyze the contact between Spanish and Valencian in the linguistic landscape of Elche. What are the languages being used and on what types of signs? Does the linguistic landscape reflect the language use and attitudes of the population of Elche? What does the linguistic landscape say about the way language policies are being implemented by local and regional governments? Over 3000 data items were collected and examined based on a number of factors such as the languages being used, the author of the signs, and the location where each sign was observed. Results confirm the dominance of Spanish and suggest a weak implementation of language policies aimed at the normalization of Valencian.