The microecological grounding of language: How linguistic symbolicity extends and transforms the human ecology

Sune Vork Steffensen*

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    Abstract

    The chapter addresses an important problem in ecolinguistics. It is argued that the claim that the linguistic domain interacts with the environmental domain, and that language therefore plays a role in the ecological crisis, is not sufficiently grounded. Tracing the problem to a widespread (crypto-)Cartesian view on language, it is suggested that the problem can be solved through a naturalized approach. Starting from the Extended Ecology Hypothesis, it is argued that linking ecolinguistics to ecological cognitive science allows one to develop a more genuinely ecological research agenda. The chapter points to the methodological implications of such a bio-ecological view.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Ecolinguistics
    EditorsAlwin F. Fill, Hermine Penz
    PublisherRoutledge
    Publication date2018
    Edition1.
    Pages393-405
    Chapter26
    ISBN (Print)9781138920088
    ISBN (Electronic)9781315687391
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2018

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