Chapter 18. Ecolinguistics and Globalization

  1. Nikolas Coupland
  1. Arran Stibbe

Published Online: 7 OCT 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324068.ch18

The Handbook of Language and Globalization

The Handbook of Language and Globalization

How to Cite

Stibbe, A. (2010) Ecolinguistics and Globalization, in The Handbook of Language and Globalization (ed N. Coupland), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324068.ch18

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 7 OCT 2010
  2. Published Print: 6 AUG 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405175814

Online ISBN: 9781444324068



  • ecolinguistics and globalization;
  • ecolinguistics, important dimension - in studies of language and globalization, encompassing physical globe;
  • ecolinguistic consideration - invention of writing, when all cultures were oral cultures;
  • second wave of ecolinguistically significant globalization - with invention of writing;
  • discourses, central to third wave of ecolinguistically significant globalization;
  • Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MEA) - actions people take, influencing ecosystems;
  • role of globalization - linking two unique characteristics of humanity;
  • globalization and its ability to use language - the world less hospitable for itself and for other species


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Movement of Peoples: The First Wave

  • Movement of Written Materials: The Second Wave

  • Movement of Discourses: The Third Wave

  • Toward Sustainability

  • Conclusion

  • References