During the first week of Induction, our first year students split off into groups and took to the streets of Bristol to complete a linguistic scavenger hunt, investigating the linguistic landscape of our diverse city. They were tasked with finding evidence of 8 different features of language in Bristol: some local slang use, evidence of Welsh, at least 3 other languages aside from English, discriminatory language – plus others.
Here we have a selection of chosen pictures with a comment from each group:
“We found a little art gallery near Cabot Circus – it had a lot of art pieces with words in. This piece depicts a picture of Queen Elizabeth with several piercings, such as a nose ring. This is paired with a neon sign which reads ‘God save the Queen’ but the ‘a’ in ‘save’ is changed to the anarchy symbol. As there is stigma against facial piercings, which are considered rebellious, alongside the patriotic phrase, we see this to be antagonistic and a statement of youth culture.”
“During our hunt we found most diversity in the suburbs on the way to/from the city centre. We saw a wider range of shops catering to the diverse communities who live and work in the outer areas of the cities, however, closer to the centre this diversity decreased”
“This photo shows the connection between language and art within Bristol City centre. We think it demonstrates the inclusivity of the city through the rainbow colour scheme, which is commonly associated with the LGBTQ+ community and Pride. Moreover, the language used is ‘love Bristol’, which instils a sense of welcome for all visitors as well as highlights the city’s love for diversity.”
“Finding Bristol slang within the city centre was difficult as its part of a local dialect which is usually spoken rather than written in texts. The mugs in this image have ‘alright my luvver’ and ‘gert lush’!
“This is a very familiar image to us all. It is there to provide a deterrent to people who may be looking to commit crime in a specific area. Although the chosen language of this sign is English, and therefore could be considered non-inclusive, the camera imagery is a symbol which should be recognisable by non-English speakers”
Thanks for all your hard work and enthusiasm during induction week. We are very much looking forward to working with you all over the next few years!