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

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Dr Sadiah Qureshi, University of Birmingham Please register at this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/onlinevanished-narrating-extinction-from-the-dodo-to-extinction-rebellion-tickets-545090870467 to receive the Zoom details. Abstract: We are so...

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Dr Julie Klinger, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences at the University of Delaware Eventbrite registration...

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Deaf community ownership of endangered sign language revitalisation Jill Jones, obo Deaf Experience Ltd (DEX) – formerly Deaf Ex-Mainstreamers Ltd....

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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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Janet Watson has been awarded a British Council International Heritage Protection and Sustainable Development grant, which will fund a Yemeni...

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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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