"Language, Ecology and Society" presents a view of language and ecology from a dialectical perspective. In this analysis, language is seen as a multidimensional phenomenon, which both shapes and is shaped by mind, nature and society. Contributing to the field of ecolinguistics, this volume proposes a new paradigm termed Dialectical Linguistics, pioneered by Jorgen Christian Bang and Jorgen Door and based on research spanning three decades. The book argues for a politically and morally responsible approach to language and linguistics. The book opens with an introduction by Sune Vork Steffensen outlining the theory of Dialectical Linguistics and the history of ecolinguistics and stressing the importance of Bang and Door's contribution to this global movement.
Table of Contents
Section I. Introducing Dialectical Linguistics; 1. Language, Ecology and Society: An Introduction to Dialectical Linguistics; 2. Language, Linguistics and Social Praxis; 3. The Logos of Language: Logics and Dialogue; 4. The Topos of Language: Core Contradictions; Section II. Deixis and Dialectical Text Analysis; 5. Deixis, Text and Context: Why Analyze Deixis?; 6. Deixis, Lexis and Anaphora; 7. Life Form, Text and Dialogue; 8. Text Analysis and Core Contradictions: Fay Weldon's Puffball; 9. The Dialectics of Deixis: Ludwig Wittgenstein's Preface; Section III. Dialectics, Ecology and Ecolinguistics; 10. Dialectical Ecology; 11. The Ecology of Communication; 12. Similarities and Differences in Ecolinguistics.
Jorgen Christian Bang is at the Institute of Language and Communication at the University of Southern Denmark, Denmark. Jorgen Door is Associated Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Language and Communication at the University of Southern Denmark, Denmark. Sune Vork Steffensen is at the Institute of Language and Communication at the University of Southern Denmark, Denmark. Joshua Nash works as a freelance environmentalist and indologist