Welcome to the NILE Linguistic Landscape blog!

The linguistic landscape, sometimes known as 'environmental print', is the text and accompanying images which can be seen in (usually) urban environments on the streets, shops, vehicles, and people (e.g. t-shirt slogans; tattoos).

It is a rich source of contemporary language, and can have a multitude of functional purposes, e.g. to advertise, to warn, to entertain, or to inform.

In this blog we’ll be sharing examples of interesting language in use on the streets of Norwich, along with commentaries on why we find it interesting and how this relates to awareness-raising in ELT. Read on!

#1 Beach rules

An interesting, rather formal and old-fashioned use of ‘shall’ in these rules at West Runton beach.

Location: West Runton beach, Norfolk, UK

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