Emplacing hate: Traumatic graffscapes and linguistic violence in post-war Bosnia Herzegovina

Bilkic, Maida (2018). Emplacing hate: Traumatic graffscapes and linguistic violence in post-war Bosnia Herzegovina. Linguistic landscape, 4(1), pp. 1-28. Benjamins 10.1075/ll.17011.bil

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In Bosnia-Herzegovina, the 1992–1995 war is the foundation on which its citizens are building their future. Contested spaces marked by violence are (re)created by means of graffiti frequently conveying locally hegemonic (re)narrations of legitimacy and attestation. Following the lead of scholars like Wee (2016) , Stroud (2016) , Rubdy and Ben Said (2015) , this paper scrutinizes how the ongoing struggles of Bosnia-Herzegovina are constituted and sustained through/in the intersection of language and space. The first set of analysed graffiti is taken from an online database and the second is collected during fieldwork in areas where territorial status is especially fraught. I offer a three-part analysis of the key ways explicitly partisan and sometimes intimidating messages are realized through the subtle interplay of semiotic and spatial resources. Turbulent graffscapes ( Stroud, 2016 ) of Bosnia-Herzegovina are materializations of linguistic violence ( Tirrell, 2012 ), generating hateful places which sustain and potentially deepen social tensions between ethnic groups.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of English Languages and Literatures
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of English Languages and Literatures > Modern English Linguistics

UniBE Contributor:

Bilkic, Maida

Subjects:

400 Language
400 Language > 410 Linguistics
400 Language > 420 English & Old English languages

ISSN:

2214-9953

Publisher:

Benjamins

Language:

English

Submitter:

Leona Josefine Irmgard Goop

Date Deposited:

25 Mar 2019 11:01

Last Modified:

25 Mar 2019 11:01

Publisher DOI:

10.1075/ll.17011.bil

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/123604

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