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Communication Processes at the Seam of Life

Marta Bogusławska-Tafelska

This volume proposes a new, post-Newtonian alley in modern language and communication studies. The new linguistics receives here the label ecolinguistics, as the conceptual-terminological field founded on the «ecological» metaphor seems optimal to formulate the thesis of human language being a life process, and involving a repertoire of ecosystemic, not exclusively cognitive or social, parameters. Communicators are living systems and as such they transpersonally co-build momentary meanings and communicational senses together with the rest of the communication field. The communication apparatus which is phylogenetically present in humans includes both the cognitive modalities and the noncognitive communication modalities. The ecolinguistic paradigm in modern linguistics offers new theoretical departure models for educational programs, for psychological/therapeutic interventions, or for self-exploratory and self-educational undertakings of a human communicator.
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Chapter Five: In search of a new methodology


5. Introduction

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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