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Previous research on the Linguistic Landscapes of Chinatowns has highlighted the perceptions and experiences of long-term residents ( ). To explore Chinatown in the eyes of newly arrived migrants, this paper presents a study of the Linguistic Landscape of the Triangle de Choisy, the Chinatown in Paris. Drawing upon Scollon and Scollon’s geosemiotic framework ( ) and Augé’s place theory ( ), it analyzes 130 photographs of the field and four interviews with newly arrived Chinese migrants. It is found that the Linguistic Landscape of the Chinatown constructs a coherent semiotic aggregate for the newcomers as an identifiable, relational, and historical transnational space that helps to orient them in a new country. Thus, this study illustrates how the Linguistic Landscape of Chinatown could serve as structured and structuring discursive frame ( ) in the lives of new migrants.


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Keywords: diaspora; Chinatown; Paris; place; new migrants; linguistic landscape; discursive frame; space
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