“ The language of public road signs, advertising billboards, street names, place names, commercial shop signs, and public signs on government buildings combines to form the linguistic landscape of a given territory, region, or urban agglomeration”.
(Goter and Cenoz Introduction: The Study of the Linguistic Landscape as a New Approach to Multilingualism)
“ Immigration officials have described Elmhurst as the city‘s most ethnically diverse neighborhood.”
( Kleinman, Dena. " A HOSPITAL WHERE ETHNIC CHANGE IS CONSTANT" )
Demographics 2000 US Census 0.7% 705 American Indian/ Alaska Native 2.0% 2,114 African American 5.8% 6,096 Two or more races 18.9% 19,960 Some other race 33.7% 35,598 White 38.9% 41,175 Asian 43.1% 45,529 Hispanic/Latino Percent Number Race
When we try to summarize the order of dominance of the three languages, we see that English is by far the most prominent language in the linguistic landscape of Elmhurst, followed by Chinese as the second language and in third place comes “9”other languages; Korean, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Thai, Bengali, Arabic, Spanish, Burmese and Nepali.