Penn Station

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Penn Station

  1. 1. Linguistic Landscape Main Corridor of Penn Station
  2. 2. Functional Spaces <ul><li>Ticket, Track and Railroad Information Stands </li></ul><ul><li>Food and Shopping </li></ul><ul><li>Corridors </li></ul><ul><li>Waiting Area </li></ul>
  3. 3. Genre’s Within Functional Space <ul><li>Storefront Signs </li></ul><ul><li>Posters or Advertisements </li></ul><ul><li>Directions or Informational Signs </li></ul><ul><li>Languages Heard </li></ul>
  4. 4. Storefront Signs <ul><li>Thirty storefront signs total were found. </li></ul><ul><li>Nineteen of these were Monolingual. Three were totally not English and Sixteen were English only. </li></ul><ul><li>Eight of these signs were names. </li></ul><ul><li>Three were abbreviations. </li></ul><ul><li>NONE were multilingual! </li></ul>
  5. 5. Posters and Advertisements <ul><li>There were Six advertisements found. </li></ul><ul><li>ALL were monolinguistic featuring English Only. </li></ul>Taken From lirrhistory.com
  6. 6. Directions and Information <ul><li>This genre includes: Restrooms, exits, ticket information, safety information, and directions. </li></ul><ul><li>Many of the signs were icons that can be recognized cross-culturally. </li></ul>
  7. 7. English Only <ul><li>This sign may apply to all passengers, but only the English speaking ones will know that the train schedule has changed. </li></ul><ul><li>I hope you don’t get stuck in an elevator! </li></ul><ul><li>This sign has directions for help in English only (and the elevator numbers are worn off) </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>If a person cannot read English, this sign has a map that shows them how to get to the new location of the customer service desk. </li></ul>English and Icons
  9. 9. Multilingual <ul><li>These “passenger welfare” posters are written in more then one language. Is it because the MTA cares, or because they want to “cover their bases”? </li></ul>
  10. 10. Languages Heard American English Latin American Spanish Hindu (?) Korean

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