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Lecture by Steve Thorne, April 12, 2013

Languaging and Linguistic Exostructures: Aligning cultural-historical, ecological, and distributed approaches to L2 development by Steve Thorne, Portland State University & University of Groningen, The Netherlands Within a variety of language-related disciplines, there is growing commitment to more holistic and ecologically oriented frameworks that recognize cognition and communication as coordinated, embodied, relational, distributed, and arrayed across…

Lecture by Glenn Levine, November 5, 2010

The Ecology of the Foreign-Language Literature Classroom: Complexity Theory as a Model for Pedagogy by Glenn Levine, Associate Professor, University of California - Irvine. In recent years, complexity theory has been adapted from the natural and physical sciences as a sort of meta-theory for applied linguistics. The purpose of this presentation is to show how…

Lecture by Claire Kramsch, September 21, 2007

Language Ecology in Practice: Implications for Foreign Language Education by Claire Kramsch, Professor of German and Foreign Language Acquisition, University of California, Berkeley Language ecology as applied to language learning has been defined as a “convenient metaphor for a post-structuralist conceptualization of language learning as a nonlinear, relational human activity, co-constructed between humans and their…

Lecture by Sune VorkSteffensen, September 9, 2005

What is Dialectical Ecolinguistics and what can it do for the language teacher? by Sune Vork Steffensen, Scandinavian Institute, University of Aarhus, Denmark Taking as a starting point “the ecological turn,” especially in the humanities and in the linguistic sciences, I present the diverse traditions comprised under the term Ecolinguistics (or Language Ecology) and I…

Lecture by Alastair Pennycook, February 15, 2005

Language Policy and the Ecological Turn by Alastair Pennycook, Professor of Languages in Education, Faculty of Education, University of Technology, Sydney Although the notion of language ecology has been both popular and productive as a way of understanding language and environment, drawing our attention to the ways in which languages are embedded in social, cultural,…

Lecture by Mary Pratt, March 18, 2004

Towards an Ecology of Language by Mary Pratt, Silver Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Language and Literature, New York University The idea of societies as custodians of their languages has mainly been associated with elitist ideologies aimed at creating class-based linguistic hierarchies.  Egalitarian thought about language has generally opposed prescriptive views.  This however eliminates…

Language Ecology – The Course Syllabus

NB: accompanying lecture slides and audio are forthcoming. Language Ecology Course Information, Syllabus, Reading Psychology/CS 124 and Psychology 290G – Spring 2004 Faculty Dan Slobin - Psychology, Linguistics (coordinator ) Patricia Baquedano-López - Education Andrew Garrett - Linguistics William Hanks - Anthropology, Linguistics Leanne Hinton - Linguistics Claire Kramsch - German, Education Johanna Nichols -…

Language Ecology: A Course Proposal

Language Ecology - A Course Proposal (2002) 1. Summary “When I think of my tongue being no longer alive in the mouths of men a chill goes over me that is deeper than my own death, since it is the gathered deaths of all my kind.” — David Malouf, Antipodes (1985) 1.1. Introduction. We envision…