Abstract

Studies of schoolscapes explore the material environment of schools where both images and text intermingle with each other to produce and transform language ideologies (Brown, 2012). This paper discusses various issues and complexities of material culture i.e., visual images, symbols, and material artifacts present in schools, which Brown (2012) describes as "schoolscapes". It uses schoolscape to explore the status of minority languages in multilingual schools and the teachers' attitudes towards those languages. The data were collected from eleven primary schools in Jhargram and Paschim Medinipur districts of West Bengal, India, by using the diversity sampling or heterogeneity sampling method. The study shows the dominance of majority languages over minority languages in the schoolscape . The study also solicits teachers' and students' attitudes towards minority languages. Both teachers and students demonstrate negative attitudes towards minority languages.

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