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.

chapter |7 pages


ByAlwin F. Fill

part I|97 pages

Languages in Their Social and Individual Environment

chapter 1|15 pages

Biological Diversity and Language Diversity

Parallels and Differences
ByTove Skutnabb-Kangas, David Harmon

chapter 2|14 pages

The Ecology of Language Contact

Minority and Majority Languages
ByAlbert Bastardas-Boada

chapter 3|16 pages

Language Endangerment and Language Death

The Future of Language Diversity
BySuzanne Romaine

chapter 4|17 pages

The Economy of Language Ecology 1

Economic Aspects of Minority Languages
ByAlwin F. Fill

chapter 5|16 pages

Language Evolution from an Ecological Perspective 1

BySalikoko S. Mufwene

chapter 6|17 pages

Ecolinguistic Aspects of Language Planning

ByRobert B. Kaplan

section I. B|55 pages

Language Contact (Bilingualism and Multilingualism) and Contact Languages

chapter 7|12 pages

Individual and Societal Bilingualism and Multilingualism

BySabine Ehrhart

chapter 8|14 pages

Linguistic Imperialism and the Consequences for Language Ecology

ByRobert Phillipson, Tove Skutnabb-Kangas

chapter 9|14 pages

What Creolistics Can Learn From Ecolinguistics

ByPeter Mühlhäusler

chapter 10|13 pages

Ecosystemic Linguistics

ByHildo Honório do Couto

part II|202 pages

The Role of Language Concerning the Environment (Biological and Ecological Sense)

chapter 11|14 pages

Positive Discourse Analysis

Rethinking Human Ecological Relationships
ByArran Stibbe

chapter 12|17 pages

Using Visual Images to Show Environmental Problems

ByAnders Hansen

chapter 14|13 pages

The Pragmatics of Metaphor

An Ecological View
ByJacob L. Mey

section II. B|84 pages

How Environmental Topics Appear in Texts and in the Media: Ecological and Unecological Discourse

chapter 15|22 pages

Lexicogrammar and Ecolinguistics

ByAndrew Goatly

chapter 17|16 pages


The Linguistics and Semiotics of Green(-Washed) Persuasion
ByHartmut Stöckl, Sonja Molnar

chapter 18|16 pages

‘Global Warming’ or ‘Climate Change’?

ByHermine Penz

chapter 19|16 pages

Media Reports about Natural Disasters

An Ecolinguistic Perspective
ByMartin Döring

section II. C|56 pages

How Do Language and Discourse Transport Ecological and Unecological Ideas?

chapter 20|14 pages

The Discursive Representation of Animals

ByGuy Cook, Alison Sealey

chapter 21|17 pages

Euphemisms for Killing Animals and for Other Forms of Their Use

ByWilhelm Trampe

chapter 23|10 pages

Ecolinguistics and Placenames

Interaction Between Humans and Nature
ByJoshua Nash

part 365III|69 pages

Philosophical and Transdisciplinary Ecolinguistics

chapter 24|11 pages

The Ethics of Scientific Language About the Environment

ByBrendon M. H. Larson

chapter 25|15 pages

Ecolinguistics and Education

ByGeorge M. Jacobs

chapter 26|13 pages

The Microecological Grounding of Language

How Linguistic Symbolicity Extends and Transforms the Human Ecology
BySune Vork Steffensen

chapter 27|14 pages

Transdisciplinary Linguistics

Ecolinguistics as a Pacemaker into a New Scientific Age
ByPeter Finke

chapter 28|14 pages

Religion, Language and Ecology

ByTodd LeVasseur

part IV|9 pages

New Orientations and Future Directions in Ecolinguistics

chapter 29|7 pages

Ecolinguistics in the 21st Century

New Orientations and Future Directions
ByAlwin F. Fill, Hermine Penz