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


part I|97 pages

Languages in Their Social and Individual Environment

chapter 1|15 pages

Biological Diversity and Language Diversity

Parallels and Differences

chapter 2|14 pages

The Ecology of Language Contact

Minority and Majority Languages

chapter 3|16 pages

Language Endangerment and Language Death

The Future of Language Diversity

chapter 4|17 pages

The Economy of Language Ecology 1

Economic Aspects of Minority Languages

section I. B|55 pages

Language Contact (Bilingualism and Multilingualism) and Contact Languages

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

chapter 14|13 pages

The Pragmatics of Metaphor

An Ecological View

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

chapter 17|16 pages


The Linguistics and Semiotics of Green(-Washed) Persuasion

chapter 19|16 pages

Media Reports about Natural Disasters

An Ecolinguistic Perspective

section II. C|56 pages

How Do Language and Discourse Transport Ecological and Unecological Ideas?

part 365III|69 pages

Philosophical and Transdisciplinary Ecolinguistics

chapter 25|15 pages

Ecolinguistics and Education

chapter 26|13 pages

The Microecological Grounding of Language

How Linguistic Symbolicity Extends and Transforms the Human Ecology

chapter 27|14 pages

Transdisciplinary Linguistics

Ecolinguistics as a Pacemaker into a New Scientific Age

chapter 28|14 pages

Religion, Language and Ecology

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