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Language and the Environment: Ways of Speaking about Place, Space and Geospatial Nomenclature

Convenors:
Nadezhda Mamontova (University of Oxford)
Laura Siragusa (University of Helsinki)
Stream:
Borders and Places
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Short abstract:

This panel explores the interactions between language and the environment, where both phenomena are understood as dynamic and relational. It considers the relations between ways of speaking and the environment, as well as research on landscape nomenclature, place names and geospatial concepts.

Long abstract:

Language plays a vital role in examining spatial relationships and the ways people conceptualize, engage with, and live in space and place. This panel explores the interactions between language and the environment, where both phenomena are understood as dynamic and relational (cf. Haugen 1972; Mühlhäusler 2000). Indeed, these interactions are always in the process of being made and transformed (Massey 2005). Thus, we invite a broad range of papers. We are interested in works, which inquire how the meanings of landscape nomenclature, place names and geospatial concepts are produced, perceived and changed within everyday experiences and semiotic circles of the interactions between humans and their surroundings. We hope to see contributions from works, which investigate relations between ways of speaking (including folkloric genres and grammatical features of a language), the environment and non-human entities, including other-than-human animals and spirits. We are also looking forward to research, which seeks to understand how global migrations, language shift and environmental change shape linguistic environment. We are interested in an interdisciplinary approach, bringing together geography, place and space studies, ethnophysiography, and linguistic anthropology. References: Haugen, E.I. 1972. The Ecology of Language. Stanford: Stanford Univ. Press. Massey, D. 2005. For Space. SAGE: London. Mühlhäusler, Peter. 2000. "Language Planning and Language Ecology." Current Issues in Language Planning 1(3):306-367. Doi: 10.1080/14664200008668011.

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