Language Ecology

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ORCID logoUmberto Ansaldo | Curtin University | uansaldo at
ORCID logoLisa Lim | Curtin University
Publishing status: Discontinued
The ecology of language is a framework for the study of language as conceptualised primarily in Einar Haugen’s 1971/72 work, where he defines language ecology as “the study of interactions between any given language and its environment”. It was a reaction to the abstract notion of language – as a monolithic, decontextualised, static entity – propagated by Chomsky, and it was conceived as a broad and interdisciplinary framework. In his use of ‘ecology’ as a metaphor from biology in linguistics, Haugen formulated ten questions which together comprehensively address factors pertaining to the positioning of languages in their environment. Each of these relates to a traditional sub-field of the study of language – encompassing historical linguistics, linguistic demography, sociolinguistics, contact, variation, philology, planning and policy, politics of language, ethnolinguistics, and typology – and each of them intersects with one or more of the other sub-fields. Taken together, answering some or all of these questions is part of the enterprise of the ecology of language. Since then the notion of ecology in linguistics has evolved to address matters of social, educational, historical and developmental nature. With the development of ecology as a special branch of biology, and issues of the 20th and 21st centuries such as migration, hybridity and marginalisation coming to the fore, the notion of language ecology plays an important part in addressing broad issues of language and societal change, endangerment, human rights, as well as more theoretical questions of classification and perceptions of languages, as envisaged in Haugen’s work.
ISSN: 2452-1949 | E-ISSN: 2452-2147
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Michel DeGraff | Massachusetts Institute of Technology
ORCID logoAna Deumert | University of Cape Town
ORCID logoStig Eliasson | Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz
ORCID logoDurk Gorter | University of the Basque Country
Huamei Han | Simon Fraser University
ORCID logoMie Hiramoto | National University of Singapore
Ernst Håkon Jahr | University of Agder
Ryuko Kubota | University of British Columbia
Don Kulick | Uppsala University
ORCID logoStephen May | University of Auckland
ORCID logoFelicity Meakins | University of Queensland
ORCID logoMiriam Meyerhoff | University of Oxford
ORCID logoSalikoko S. Mufwene | University of Chicago
Julia Sallabank | SOAS, University of London
ORCID logoEeva M. Sippola | University of Helsinki
Christopher Stroud | University of the Western Cape
Peter Trudgill | University of Fribourg
Kees Versteegh | Radboud University Nijmegen
Honoré Watanabe | Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
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