Centre for Endangered Languages, Cultures, and Ecosystems (CELCE)

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.

link to CELCE website

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

Events and News from this Satellite

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Creating resources in and for San Francisco del Mar Huave, a near-dormant language Dr Yuni Kim (University of Essex) The...

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This Thursday’s Conversation is jointly organised by the Centre for Language Education Research (CLER) and the Centre for Global Development (CGD) at Leeds...

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Cultural Genocide: Unpacking a Contested Concept Professor Uğur Ümit Üngör Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and...

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Making up our Minds about Extinction Dr James Rosindell It is well known that humans are causing the extinction of...

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The online Language and/or Nature in Southern Arabia series hosted PGR students from Oman, Yemen and Saudi Arabia on 9th...

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The first workshop after the summer break will take place on 1st September at 1pm BST, and will focus on...

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Janet Watson held a series of online workshops on Language and Nature in Southern Arabia through Zoom. The first workshop...

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This workshop took place on 24-26 April 2019 at the University of Leeds. The symbiotic relationship between language and nature...

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