Language, Identity and Ecology in the 21st Century

Due to the Corona virus this lecture will be postponed to a later date.


The current linguistic ecosystem is out of balance. This is partially due to the role of English as the language of globalization. Linguapolis language lecturer Frank van Splunder describes these trends in his book Language is Politics. Exploring an ecological approach to language.

Language is politics in the sense that we use language to express ourselves and to establish relations with other people, not necessarily in a peaceful way. In addition, language is culture, economics, and even biology. The author argues in favour of an ecological or balanced approach to language, which sees humans and other animals as part of the larger ecosystems that life depends on.

The book is written for anyone who has an interest in language, not just language specialists. Some of the questions addressed include: What is the origin and nature of language? What is the link between language and identity? What is the difference between a language and a dialect? What is the pecking order between languages? Is English a threat to other languages? Examples from all over the world are used to illustrate these and other questions.

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