1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Ecolinguistics

Edited By Alwin F. Fill, Hermine Penz Copyright 2018
    476 Pages
    by Routledge

    476 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Ecolinguistics is the first comprehensive exploration into the field of ecolinguistics, also known as language ecology. Organized into three sections that treat the different topic areas of ecolinguistics, the Handbook begins with chapters on language diversity, language minorities and language endangerment, with authors providing insight into the link between the loss of languages and the loss of species. It continues with an overview of the role of language and discourse in describing, concealing, and helping to solve environmental problems. With discussions on new orientations and topics for further exploration in the field, chapters in the last section show ecolinguistics as a pacesetter into a new scientific age. This Handbook is an excellent resource for students and researchers interested in language and the environment, language contact, and beyond.

    PART I: Languages in their social and individual environment

    A. Linguistic and biological diversity: minority and majority languages, endangerment

    and revival

    1. Biological diversity and language diversity: parallels and differences

    Tove Skutnabb-Kangas and David Harmon

    2. The ecology of language contact: minority and majority languages

    Albert Bastardas-Boada

    3. Language endangerment and language death: the future of language diversity

    Suzanne Romaine

    4. The Economy of language ecology: economic aspects of minority languages

    Alwin F. Fill

    5. Language Evolution from an ecological perspective

    Salikoko Mufwene

    6. Ecological aspects of language planning

    Robert B. Kaplan

    B. Language Contact (bilingualism and multilingualism) and contact languages

    7. Individual and societal bilingualism and multilingualism

    Sabine Ehrhart

    8. Linguistic imperialism and the consequences for language ecology

    Robert Phillipson and Tove Skutnabb-Kangas

    9. What creolistics can learn from ecolinguistics

    Peter Mühlhäusler

    10. Ecosystemic Linguistics

    Hildo Honorio do Couto

    PART II: The role of language concerning the environment (biological and ecological)

    A. The role of language in creating, aggravating and solving environmental problems

    11. Positive discourse analysis: re-thinking human ecological relationships

    Arran Stibbe

    12. Using visual images for showing environmental problems

    Anders Hansen

    13. Investigating texts about environmental degradation using critical discourse analysis and

    corpus linguistic techniques

    Richard Alexander

    14. The pragmatics of metaphor: an ecological view

    Jacob L. Mey

    B. How environmental topics appear in texts and in the media: ecological and

    unecological discourse

    15. Lexicogrammar and Ecolinguistics

    Andrew Goatly

    16. The treatment of environmental topics in the language of politics

    Mai Kuha

    17. Eco-advertising: the linguistics and semiotics of green(-washed) persuasion

    Hartmut Stöckl and Sonja Molnar

    18. ‘Global warming’ or ‘climate change’?

    Hermine Penz

    19. Media reports about natural disasters: an ecolinguistic perspective

    Martin Döring

    C. How do language and discourse transport ecological and unecological ideas?

    20. The discursive representation of animals

    Guy Cook and Alison Sealey

    21. Euphemisms for killing animals and for other forms of their use

    Wilhelm Trampe

    22. Overcoming anthropocentrism with anthropomorphic and physiocentric uses of language?

    Reinhard Heuberger

    23. Ecolinguistics and place-names: interaction between humans and nature

    Joshua Nash

    PART III: Philosophical and transdisciplinary ecolinguistics

    24. The ethics of scientific language about the environment

    Brendon Larson

    25. Language, ecolinguistics and education

    George N. Jacobs

    26. The micro-ecological grounding of language: how linguistic symbolicity extends and

    transforms human ecology

    Sune V. Steffensen

    27. Transdisciplinary linguistics: ecolinguistics as a pace-maker into a new scientific age

    Peter Finke

    28. Religion, language and ecology

    Todd LeVasseur

    PART IV: New orientations and future directions in ecolinguistics

    29. Ecolinguistics in the 21st century: new orientations and future directions

    Alwin F. Fill and Hermine Penz


    Alwin F. Fill is Professor Emeritus of English Linguistics at the University of Graz, Austria. His main research areas are Ecolinguistics, Impact Linguistics, Language and Suspense and Linguistics for Kids.

    Hermine Penz is Associate Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Graz, Austria. Her main research interests lie in the fields of pragmatics and discourse, intercultural communication, and language and ecology. She is the Special Issues editor of the journal Pragmatics and Society.

    "We live in the world, and shape the world we live in, through the language we use. Ecolinguistics studies this relation between language and the world. Ecolinguists describe, but also critique, forms of language that create but may also threaten environments and languages. This book brings together the best in ecolinguistic scholarship and contains chapters that merge linguistic analysis with reflections on science, politics, philosophy and ethics. Anybody trying to understand our future life on this planet should find something interesting to read in this collection."
    Brigitte Nerlich, University of Nottingham, UK