Using smartphones to document linguistic landscapes: The LinguaSnapp mobile app

Leonie Elisa Gaiser, Yaron Matras

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LinguaSnapp is a smartphone application developed to support documentation of linguistic landscapes, especially in multilingual urban settings. Since its launch in Manchester in 2016, bespoke versions have also been created for Melbourne, Jerusalem, St Petersburg and Hamburg. We describe the rationale and the operational setup behind the app, and provide examples of how the documentation facility can support analyses pertaining to the relation between language repertoire and spatial demarcations, and how it can be used in public engagement.

Original languageEnglish
Article number20190012
JournalLinguistics Vanguard
Issue numbers1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2021
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 Leonie Elisa Gaiser et al., published by De Gruyter, Berlin/Boston 2020.


  • internationalisation
  • linguistic landscape
  • multilingualism
  • public engagement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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