Landscape in Language: Transdisciplinary Perspectives

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David M. Mark
John Benjamins Publishing, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 449 pages
Landscape is fundamental to human experience. Yet until recently, the study of landscape has been fragmented among the disciplines. This volume focuses on how landscape is represented in language and thought, and what this reveals about the relationships of people to place and to land. Scientists of various disciplines such as anthropologists, geographers, information scientists, linguists, and philosophers address several questions, including: Are there cross-cultural and cross-linguistic variations in the delimitation, classification, and naming of geographic features? Can alternative world-views and conceptualizations of landscape be used to produce culturally-appropriate Geographic Information Systems (GIS)? Topics included: ontology of landscape; landscape terms and concepts; toponyms; spiritual aspects of land and landscape terms; research methods; ethical dimensions of the research; and its potential value to indigenous communities involved in this type of research.
 

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Contents

Landscape in language
1
Ethnophysiography
25
Exploring philosophy of place
47
Embedded in place
73
Philosophical issues in ethnophysiography
101
Land and life
121
Landscape in Western Pantar a Papuan outlier of southern Indonesia
143
Hawaiian storied place names
167
Language and landscape among the Tlingit
275
Language landscape and ethnoecology reflections from northwestern Canada
291
Landscape embedded in language
327
Navajo landscape and its contexts
343
Navigating regional landscapes with Jicarilla personal narrative
353
Ontology of landscape in language
369
The role of geospatial technologies for integrating landscape in language
381
Classifying landscape character
395

Between the trees and the tides
187
Differing conceptualizations of the same landscape
225
A case study in Ahtna Athabascan geographic knowledge
239
Revitalizing place names through stories and songs
261
Perspectives on the ethical conduct of landscape in language research
411
Notes on contributors
435
Index
443
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