Language and Nature

The Language and Nature satellite together researchers from:

Language and Nature takes a multidisciplinary view of the symbiotic relationship between indigenous languages and local ecosystems, examining expressions of, and threats and challenges to, the Language–Nature relationship in areas of the world exhibiting very different historical and socio-economic backgrounds.

Regions of the world with greatest biodiversity are shown to exhibit greatest linguistic diversity, strongly suggesting that the relationship between Language and Nature is spatially and temporally determined.

Indigenous languages reflect the close relationship between people and their natural environment, embodying the complex relationship humans enjoy with landscape and seasons. These connections can be broken when indigenous languages are severed from the ecosystems in which they arose; a situation that can arise through replacement of indigenous languages by more dominant lingua franca, through degradation of the ecosystem, through depopulation, or through forced or voluntary removal of the indigenous language community from the local ecosystem.

If you are interested in joining, please contact Janet Watson J.C.E.Watson@leeds.ac.uk