Centre for Cultural Research (PCCR)

Language and Ecology
Certificate Short-term Course

  • Course Duration:

    45 hours

  • Course Mode:


Course Overview

The present course attempts to map language – lexicon and grammar – with its immediate environment. How they are interrelated and how they affect each other will be our primary concern in the course. We will be dealing with examples of languages across the world and see how these languages differ in constructing the verbal image of the world that we see. It will make clear that the perception of the world that we have is non-neutral and colored by our language structure. The ecological problems are embedded in this perception of language. In this course, we will try to understand the inherently biased nature of languages and what we can do to develop a neutral perspective.

Course Objectives

      • To enable the students to understand the relationship between the environment they live in and its connection to their language.
      • To enable the students to make aware of the idea of diversity.
      • To make the students aware of the process of language death.
      • To make students aware of the use of metaphors to exploit the environment.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the student should be able to:

      • Understand the intrinsic correlation between language and environment.
      • Understand and appreciate linguistic and cultural diversity.
      • Comprehend the process of language attrition and death and should be able to make positive changes in the life of a language.
      • Identify various positive and negative metaphors in the consumerist discourse on language and environment.


Total Credit – 3 Course Duration – 45 hours
      1. World of diversity
      2. Biolinguistic diversity
      3. Multilingualism
      1. Language Planning
      2. Language Shift
      3. Language death
      1. Why should we care about language death?
      2. Sudden Vs. Gradual death
      3. Importance of Language
      4. Ontological knowledge and language
      1. Ecology as Metaphor
      2. Metaphors we die by.
      1. Ecological Discourse
      2. Language and politics


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Devy, G. N. ‘Language and Reality’ in Singh, U. N., Itagi, N. H. & Singh, Shailendra Kumar [Eds.] Language, Society and Culture. Mysore: CIIL & Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University.

Dias, Patrick V. [Ed.] 2004. Multiple Languages, Literacies and Technologies. Mumbai: BFC.

Fill, Alwin & Muhlhausler, Peter. [Eds.] 2001. The Ecolinguistics Reader: Language, Ecology and Environment. London & NY: Continuum.

Khubchandani, L. M. Indigenous Peoples: Responding to Human Ecology. Mysore: CIIL & Bhasha.

Mair, Christian. [Ed.] 2003. The Politics of English as a World Language: New Horizons in Cultural Studies. NY: Rodopi.

Nettle, Daniel & Romaine, Suzanne. Vanishing Voices: The Extinction of World’s Languages. Oxford: OUP.

Phillipson, Robert. Linguistic Imperialism. Oxford: OUP.

Phillipson, Robert. Linguistic Imperialism Continued. Hyderabad: Orient BlabkSwan.

Skutnabb-Kangas, Tove. Bilingualism or Not: The Education of Minorities. Delhi: Orient Longman.


      • Assignments
      • MCQ Tests
      • Classroom contribution
  • INR 4,700

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