Communication Processes at the Seam of Life
Chapter Five: In search of a new methodology
We have reached the point in our considerations at which the scientific ways to study ecological linguistics are to be inspected. We need a good methodology, quite possibly a new or revised scientific method. After all, what we propose goes beyond a simple change of one or two linguistic definitions. We are changing paradigms.
At this moment, it seems proper to start unravelling the methodological canvas. As we perceive it – nothing can happen quickly now. Being on new paradigmatic territory, we need time for focused observation of what we see and what we have at our disposal in our discipline and in neighbouring disciplines. H. Walach accredits our perspective (and the ecolinguistic schedule we are proposing) when he writes: (…) a paradigm and a theory is always stronger than data. As pointed out above, humans are predictive, theoretical animals (2015a: 75). Hence, to build up ecolinguistics to be a holistic and multispectral approach to language/communication, we start from a theoretical platform. The research program, systematic research projects, and research applications will come later, at the next scientific stage.
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