Ecolinguistics

Another term for the glossary: Ecolinguistics. And a two day symposium on current trands and developments in Ecolinguistics: The Ecology of Science is to be held on 11 and 12 June 2009 at the University of Southern Denmark (Odense).

Symposium on Ecolinguistics: The Ecology of Science

Call for Papers. Deadline: 18 Apr 2009

Ecolinguistics emerged in the 1990′s as a new paradigm of linguistic research which emphasises the ecological context in which societies are embedded. Einar Haugen’s “The Ecology of Language” and Michael Halliday’s 1990 work “New ways of Meaning: the challenge to applied linguistics” are often credited as a seminal works which provided the stimulus for linguists to consider the ecological context and consequences of language.

Among other things, the challenge that Haugen, Halliday and others put forward was to make linguistics relevant to the issues and concerns of the 21st century such as the the widespread destruction of ecosystems and the loss of languages. Since Haugen’s and Halliday’s initial comments, the field of Ecolinguistics has developed considerably, especially in Europe with a working group “Human  Ecology and Language” and symposia held in Austria and Germany. The discipline of Ecolinguistics is divided into two main branches: eco-critical discourse analysis and the ecology of languages. However, Ecolinguistics is still about to find its own home but it holds an interdisciplinary potential with academic subjects such as cultural geography, environmental history, eco-feminism, cultural studies, anthropology, eco-psychology and social ecology.

The aim of the symposium is to trace and merge current and new trends and developments in Ecolinguistics in order to explore avenues for future research.

Please submit tiles and an abstract for 20 minutes presentations to Jørgen Bang
(bang@language.sdu.dk)

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2 Comments to “Ecolinguistics”

  1. I am a sociolinguist from Suadi Arabia. I’m intrested in the field of ecolinguistics. I’m trying to find a topic to pursue because we are having a coference next year dealing with ecology in language and literature in our university in Eastern province. Since I’m a female myself how can work on gender in ecolinguistics. Suadi linguists haven’t paid attention to the area.Any suggestions.

    • I am a graduate student in Texas, also interested in ecolinguistics and looking for a research topic for my thesis.
      Does Arabic have genders for nouns/articles? You could look at how people describe the local landscape in terms of masculine and feminine articles and/or adjectives maybe. The idea was mentioned in a recent article in newsweek (available at http://www.newsweek.com/id/205985).
      Feel free to email me at outside.cat@gmail.com if you’d like to correspond about your research!

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