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LINGUIST List 23.2422

Mon May 21 2012

Books: Animals Erased: Stibbe

Editor for this issue: Danniella Hornby <daniellalinguistlist.org>


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Date: 21-May-2012
From: Leslie Starr <lstarrwesleyan.edu>
Subject: Animals Erased: Stibbe
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Title: Animals Erased
Subtitle: Discourse, Ecology, and Reconnection with the Natural World
Published: 2012
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
                http://wesleyan.edu/wespress

Book URL: http://www.upne.com/0819572318.html

Author: Arran Stibbe
Electronic: ISBN: 9780819572332 Pages: 232 Price: U.S. $ 19.99
Hardback: ISBN: 9780819572318 Pages: 232 Price: U.S. $ 70.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9780819572325 Pages: 232 Price: U.S. $ 24.95
Abstract:

"Amazingly clear and incisive readings of a wide range of discourses related
to animals and ecology. With an impressive eye for detail and the 'big
picture,''Arran Stibbe gives real insights into the relationship between
language, values, and actions." (Karla Armbruster, coeditor of Beyond Nature
Writing)

"Animals Erased: Discourse, Ecology and Reconnection with the Natural
World" is the first book-length application of critical discourse analysis to
power relations between humans and animals. Written in a lively and
accessible style, the book analyses a wide range of linguistic features
including agency, transitivity, presupposition, metaphor, metonymy,
nominalization, semantic inclusion, pronoun use, lexical sets, and semantic
gaps. The strength of the book is in how it connects the micro-analysis of
linguistic features with the larger picture of the prevailing social order. This is
achieved through showing how clusters of features come together in a range
of key discourses to shape social reality in particular ways, with important
consequences for how humans treat animals and the ecosystems that human
life depends on. Among the discourses analyzed are those of factory farming,
ecology, news reporting, EFL textbooks, nature poetry, and the multimodal
discourse of animated films. For linguistics researchers, the book opens up a
new area of enquiry that addresses the increasingly urgent topic of human
relationships with the natural world and the consequences of those
relationships for the sustainability of society. For students, the book provides
a stark and clear illustration of the power of language to shape relationships
and structure the social order, of discursive struggle and the consequences
of alternative discursive constructions of reality, and of the specific linguistic
mechanisms that give language the power to shape reality.

The author, Arran Stibbe, is a Reader in Ecological Linguistics at the
University of Gloucestershire. He has an academic background in both
linguistics and human ecology and combines the two in his research and
teaching in the area of Critical Discourse Analysis. He is the founder of the
Language and Ecology Research Forum (www.ecoling.net) and editor of the
Handbook of Sustainability Literacy (www.sustainability-literacy.org).

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
                            Discourse Analysis
                            Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng)

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http://linguistlist.org/pubs/books/get-book.cfm?BookID=60452


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