The perils of language ecology

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Show simple item record Pennycook, Alastair en_US
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dc.contributor.editor May S en_US 2009-08-20T14:13:13Z 2009-08-20T14:13:13Z 2005 en_US
dc.identifier 2005002968 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Pennycook Alastair 2005, 'The perils of language ecology', University of Waikato, Hamilton, NZ, pp. 1-17. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0958250405 en_US
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dc.description.abstract We live, it would seem, in ecological times. Ecology has become the metaphor of choice for many working in the social sciences, and particularly in areas such as language planning, sociolinguistics, and even language acquisition. As Leather and Van Dam explain, "an ecological approach to the study of language acquisition sees the individual's cognitive processes as inextricably interwoven with their experiences in the physical and social world .... " and "aims to avoid unjustifiable appeals to normativity - in both research designs and the interpretation of data" (2003, p. 13). According to Fettes (2003), "ecological explanations offer a more promising foundation for critical reasoning than any of the alternatives (Marxism, postsructuralism, gender theory and the rest) ... " (p. 45). Thus, an ecological perspective is currently held up as the new paradigm for our times, able to deliver where many previous frameworks have failed I wish to present a slightly more sceptical account in this paper. en_US
dc.publisher University of Waikato en_US
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dc.title The perils of language ecology en_US
dc.parent LED2003: Refereed Conference Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Language, Education and Diversity en_US
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dc.publocation Hamilton, NZ en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 17 en_US FASS.Education Group en_US
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dc.percentage 100 en_US Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics en_US
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dc.custom Conference on Language, Education and Diversity en_US 20031126 en_US
dc.location.activity Hamilton, NZ en_US
dc.description.keywords ecology, language, diversity en_US
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