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Should all business signs be in English?

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The non-English signs add character, Mayor Len Brown says. Photo / Greg Bowker
The non-English signs add character, Mayor Len Brown says. Photo / Greg Bowker

The proliferation of non-English signs in Auckland is making some Kiwis uncomfortable, says a Massey University researcher.

Robin Peace and Ian Goodwin studied 500 "linguistic landscape" photographs taken in five Auckland locations for their study, "The Cosmopolitics of Linguistic Landscapes".

Dr Peace said ethnic signs would give a sense of relief for new migrants from that language community, but could also make local residents uncomfortable.

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