My Linguistic Landscape research seeks to identify thematic patterns by language in the messages of public-facing walls throughout Catalonia and Northern Catalonia, primarily in transgressive artifacts for which no legal mandate dictates language choice. I also examine geosemiotics in educational spaces and the incorporation of cultural symbols to enhance affect in written messages.
Morlan, Marguerite, and Steven Byrne. 2023. "Language Choice and Identity in the Linguistic Landscape of Barcelona." Social Semiotics: 1-27.
Morlan, Marguerite. (IN PRESS). "Botiflers and Betrayal: Heraldic Semiotics and the Linguistic Landscape of Catalonia's National Day Celebration." Mester. [Manuscript]
Morlan, Marguerite. (IN PRESS). "'All of the work we do has humans at its heart': Reflections on the Importance of Linguistic Landscape Scholarship and its Value as a Pedagogical Tool." Bella Terra Journal of Teaching & Learning Languages & Literature. [Manuscript]
Morlan, Marguerite. (under review). "Elección de idioma y proyección de identidad en el paisaje lingüístico transgresor de Cataluña." Tirant lo Blanch. [Manuscript]
Morlan, Marguerite, and Steven Byrne. (2023). A Different Utopia in Every Language: Metalinguistic Evaluations of Transgressive Public Messages in 40 Catalan Municipalities. Talk presented at the 14th Linguistic Landscape Workshop: Utopia and Dystopia, hosted by the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and the Universidad Complutense Madrid. [Slides]
Morlan, Marguerite. (2023). Lluito en català pero amo en castellano: Language Ideologies and Registerial Repertoire in the Linguistic Landscape of Barcelona. Talk presented at the 53rd Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages, hosted by the Université Paris Cité, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, and Université Paris Saclay. [Slides]
Morlan, Marguerite. (2022). Elección de idioma y proyección de identidad en el paisaje lingüístico transgresor de Cataluña. Talk presented at I Congreso Internacional sobre Paisaje Lingüístico, hosted by la Universidad Pablo de Olavide. [Slides]
Morlan, Marguerite, and Steven Byrne. (2022). Ideological Representations and Language Choice in Catalan School Graffiti. Talk presented at the 13th Linguistic Landscape Workshop: Semiotic Landscapes in Educational Spaces, hosted by the Universität Hamburg. [Slides]
Language Attitudes and Ideologies
In the years immediately subsequent to a failed independence referendum, how do various communities in the Catalan Countries feel about about Catalan and Spanish? Do they sense a connection between linguistic behaviors and political sentiment? What is the role of English in an increasingly international Catalonia? These are some of the key questions that I explore in my language attitudes research, which blends experimental methods such as matched-guise and exploratory factor analysis with qualitative survey and interview data.
Morlan, Marguerite. (IN PRESS). "The Importance of Catalan-Medium Instruction for Language Attitudes in Catalonia." In Language Attitudes toward Spanish and Related Languages and the Pursuit of Social Justice, edited by Mara Barbosa and Talia Bugel. Oxfordshire: Routledge.
Morlan, Marguerite. (2022). Language Attitudes and Ideologies of Native and International Residents in Catalonia: A Comparative Approach. Talk presented virtually at the 3rd International Symposium on Language Attitudes toward Portuguese, Spanish, and Related Languages, hosted by Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi. [Slides]
Morlan, Marguerite. (2021). "Because I've grown up with it, because I love it, because I support independence": Language Choice and Identity in the Catalan Countries. Talk presented virtually at l'Escola d'Estiu de Lingüística Catalana, hosted by la Universitat de les Illes Balears. [Slides]
Language of Identity and Moral Cognition
After finding exploratory evidence that balanced bilinguals assess moral dilemmas differently in their Language of Identity (LOI), I seek to investigate the affective, cognitive, and demographic factors that may contribute to this phenomenon.
Morlan, Marguerite, and Carmen Pérez Vidal. (2022). Effects of Age and Language of Identity on Moral Cognition. Talk presented at the X Congreso Internacional de Adquisicón del Lenguaje, hosted by the Universitat de Girona. [Slides]
Morlan, Marguerite, and Carmen Pérez Vidal. (under review). Effects of Age and Language of Identity on Moral Cognition.