Bridging the gap between geography and linguistics: plenary lecture on language and landscape

Bridging the gap between geography and linguistics: plenary lecture on language and landscape

How do people perceive and talk about landscapes? And what can we learn about human-landscape relations from language? In her plenary lecture at the University of Zurich, Flurina Wartmann explored these questions and explains how we can use language to examine cultural landscape values

We all know that different languages have different terms to refer to parts of the landscape, but few of us ever question that such terms may not be so easily translated across languages. For example, not every language parcels up the environment in the same way. And if the way in which people conceptualise and talk about different parts of the landscape differ, what does this mean for how we interact with and manage landscapes, for example in protected areas? In her plenary lecture, Flurina Wartmann (Lecturer in Geography and Environment) explored these questions, and using examples from her research in the Amazon rainforest, Switzerland and Scotland explained how we can use language to examine cultural landscape values, and better understand how such values influence decisions on the present and future use and protection of landscapes.

The plenary lecture for the general public, students and staff at the University of Zurich, Switzerland was part of a lecture series on 'Language and Space' organised by the University's Research Priority Programme running throughout 2022, and included lectures by linguists, geographers, Geographic Information Scientists, philosophers and medical scientists.

Search News

Browse by Month

2024

  1. Jan
  2. Feb
  3. Mar
  4. Apr
  5. May
  6. Jun
  7. Jul There are no items to show for July 2024
  8. Aug There are no items to show for August 2024
  9. Sep There are no items to show for September 2024
  10. Oct There are no items to show for October 2024
  11. Nov There are no items to show for November 2024
  12. Dec There are no items to show for December 2024

2004

  1. Jan
  2. Feb
  3. Mar
  4. Apr
  5. May
  6. Jun
  7. Jul
  8. Aug
  9. Sep
  10. Oct
  11. Nov There are no items to show for November 2004
  12. Dec

2003

  1. Jan
  2. Feb
  3. Mar
  4. Apr
  5. May
  6. Jun
  7. Jul
  8. Aug
  9. Sep
  10. Oct
  11. Nov
  12. Dec There are no items to show for December 2003

1999

  1. Jan There are no items to show for January 1999
  2. Feb There are no items to show for February 1999
  3. Mar
  4. Apr
  5. May
  6. Jun
  7. Jul
  8. Aug
  9. Sep
  10. Oct
  11. Nov
  12. Dec

1998

  1. Jan
  2. Feb
  3. Mar
  4. Apr There are no items to show for April 1998
  5. May
  6. Jun
  7. Jul There are no items to show for July 1998
  8. Aug There are no items to show for August 1998
  9. Sep
  10. Oct
  11. Nov There are no items to show for November 1998
  12. Dec