By Arran Stibbe
The more and more fast destruction of the ecological structures that help lifestyles is asking into query a number of the basic tales that we are living by means of: tales of limitless fiscal development, of consumerism, development, individualism, luck, and the human domination of nature.
Ecolinguistics exhibits how linguistic research can assist show the tales we are living through, open them as much as query, and give a contribution to the hunt for brand new tales. Bringing jointly the most recent ecolinguistic experiences with new theoretical insights and sensible analyses, this publication charts a brand new path for ecolinguistics as an engaged type of serious enquiry. Featuring:
A framework for realizing the idea of ecolinguistics and making use of it virtually in genuine life;
Exploration of various issues from consumerism in way of life magazines to jap nature haiku;
A finished word list giving concise descriptions of the linguistic phrases utilized in the book;
Discourse research of a variety of texts together with newspapers, magazines, ads, motion pictures, nonfiction books, and visible images.
This is vital analyzing for undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers operating within the parts of Discourse research and Language and Ecology.
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Halliday (2001) discusses the way that language is frequently used to represent economic growth as a fundamental goal of society. Ideologies and discourse 25 He criticises these representations because unlimited growth on a ﬁnite planet can only lead to the exhaustion of resources and destruction of the ecosystems that support life. Goatly (2000: 278) similarly criticises language which promotes growth, and recommends that: In cases of mature economies such as Japan, Switzerland or Singapore, the metaphor of ‘cancer’ can be justiﬁably substituted for ‘growth’.
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2009; Henning 2011). Glenn (2004: 65) oﬀers a critical analysis of how ‘particular overlapping discursive strategies constructed by the factory farming industry help create, sustain and perpetuate a practice that is cruel and environmentally dangerous’. Her analysis shows how a range of linguistic devices construct animals as commodities, including the expression ‘grain- and roughage-consuming animal units’ and the term ‘beef cows’, which prematurely represents animals who are still alive as food.