Natalia Volvach
Natalia Volvach

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This paper aims to make visible the alternative social projects hidden beneath the everyday Crimean Tatar landscapes. Drawing on audio-recordings and field data from narrated walking tours led by young citizens, it illuminates how these ‘Spaces of Otherwise’ emerge and are co-constructed through participants’ re-readings of material artefacts, resemiotization of place semiotics, and re-signification of communal spaces. For Povinelli, a ‘Space of Otherwise’ is a social project in a state of “indeterminate oscillation” consisting of “interlocking concepts, materials, and forces” (Povinelli, 2011: 7). Participants navigate among such spaces, negotiating the legacies of historical acts of material, cultural and linguistic dispossession and disruption, and the contemporary forms that such acts take.

In narrating semiotic landscapes, participants perform acts of linguistic citizenship (Stroud, 2001, 2018), a concept which recognizes that speakers express agency, voice and participation through a variety of semiotic means, engage or disengage with political institutions of the state, and advance claims for alternative forms of belonging.

This paper thus expands Linguistic Landscape research through its design as a Linguistic Ethnography (LE), using interactional data to account for individuals’ perceptions of lived spaces and spatial practices. It also adds to research on Linguistic Citizenship by foregrounding invisibilized linguistic repertoires and performative acts of meaning-making in a charged political context.
Key words: Linguistic Citizenship, Space of Otherwise, linguistic landscape, semiosis, visibility, erasure, resemiotization, multimodality, performance.

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