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Jørgen Chr. Bang & Anna Vibeke Lindø (Odense, Denmark)


Global Diversity - Conflicts and Solidarity

An Ecolinguistic Contribution to The Ecology of Science


The European countries tend to homogenize research and education, directly and indirectly on demand of the capitalistic market system. Even public universities and schools are being reorganized in order to match an upside-down management ideology and form. The new liberalistic ideology seems to subsume any conflicting interests under a strongly competitive submission procedure and a one directional leading string. Even the major global problems are turned into some business of buying and selling CO2 quotas. The rich nations struggles for keeping the best competences and jobs - high tech - for themselves while exporting the dirty jobs and industries to the third world.


We have to maintain and defend the good scientific traditions for universally sharing of knowledge and methods - until the highest level - and we have to develop new ways for local and global cooperation on the principles of sharing and diversity - realizing the different conditions for production and communication of knowledge.


The paper formulates a few guidelines for the ecolinguistic contribution to a better ecology of science, both internal and external, and both at a micro and a macro level. The concept of the ecology of science (and education) implies principles from the heterogeneous democratic dialogue (cf. Language, Ecology and Society), and the project involves different kinds of local and global research groups and networks. The future organisation of ecolinguistics have to meet and transform the conflicts implied by the core contradictions of primarily ethnicity, gender, age, class, ideology and geographical placement. The development of harmonizing dialogues among the conflicting parts implies dialectically that we also are developing ecological ways to sharing and dividing the social power and vital needs, the goods.


The key word ecology should imply the critical, democratic and empathetic awareness on the wellbeing of all individuals and groups that constitute and are constituted by the specific biologic, sociologic and mental environment.



Bang, Døør, Steffensen, Nash (2007), Language, Ecology and Society. Continuum: London and New York

Bang, Døør, Alexander, Fill, Verhagen (Eds 1996), Language and Ecology - Ecolinguistics. AILA'96 Jyväskylä. Odense University.

Fill, Mühlhäusler (Eds 2001), The Ecolinguistics Reader. Continuum: London and New York

Fill, Penz, Trampe (Eds 2002), Colourful Green Ideas. Peter Lang: Bern

Fill, Penz (Eds 1996), Sprachökologie und Ökolinguistik. Stauffenburg: Tübingen

Döring, Penz Trampe (Eds. 2008), Language, Signs and Nature. Stauffenburg: Tübingen

Kettemann and Penz (Eds 2000), ECOnstructing Language, Nature and Society. Stauffenburg: Tübingen


Emneord: functions of language, linguistic diversity, Language development, Language and Communication, language and ecology
Period12. Jun 2009
Event titleSymposium on Ecolinguistics - The Ecology of Science
Event typeConference
OrganiserISK: Bang/Lindø/Döring/Trampe
LocationOdense, DenmarkShow on map


  • functions of language
  • linguistic diversity
  • Language development
  • Language and Communication
  • language and ecology