PS Ecolinguistics Circle


Venetian egret at the waterbus-stop
Courtesy of Patrick Landreau

The Partnership Studies Ecolinguistics Circle (PSEC) of the University of Udine is a research group of students, researchers and lecturers interested in ecolinguistics. The Circle is part of the broader Partnership Studies Group which promotes cultural paradigms based on partnership and equality.

The PSEC of Udine is involved in different strands of ecolinguistics.  Ecolinguistics can be broadly defined as the field investigating ‘the role of language concerning the environment (in its biological/ecological sense)’ (Fill, 2018: 3).  Ecolinguistics includes studies about the sustainability of language diversity, language loss and maintenance in a globalized world, how languages contribute to shaping our view of the environment and the role of language and discourse in addressing key ecological issues.

The PSEC is part of the International Ecolinguistics Association (IEA), a network of researchers in the field of ecolinguistics with representatives all over the world.


2017-2019 Ecosustainable narratives in world literatures in English, applied linguistics and language education: transcultural and partnership models (ENEA) PI: Antonella Riem; Participants: Maria Bortoluzzi, Deborah Saidero, Valentina Boschian Bailo, Mattia Mantellato, Elisa Bertoldi (University of Udine)

The project aims at promoting mutual understanding and positive social change at times of mobility fluxes and mass migration of peoples. The Research Unit will consider the impact myths have on our world-view and study narratives presenting a dialogue with the other as ‘alter’, the partner within us, rather than as ‘aliud’, the stranger. The project centers on partnership mediation, intercultural strategies in English literatures, applied linguistics and plurilingual education promoting a poetics of relation and partnership, which transcend the scientistic and technocratic attitudes linked with domination and bio-imperialism. The complementary views of postcolonialism and ecocriticism illustrate the constitutive relations between literary, linguistic, cultural, social and environmental concerns. The project’s innovative interaction of partnership, postcolonial studies, ecocriticism and discourse studies aims at contextualizing the transnational cultural and literary imagination and rethinking plurilingual education in terms of equal relationships among civilizations.

June 2018- May 2019 Storytelling in English L2 for young learners and adolescents in informal contexts of acquisition is a partnership between the University of Udine and the Municipal Library V. Joppi of Udine (Italy). The project focuses on helping children improve their competences in English L2 through narration in the interaction with expert adults and/or other children. The initiative Let’s Tell a Tale, storytelling activities in English for children from 4 to 8 years old in the local libraries of Udine area, is part of the project: this year the main theme of narrations and storytelling activities is Nature and Ecology. Through picture books for children, storytellers will promote behaviors and practices respectful of nature and environment. They will approach themes which are relevant to inform, educate and inspire children to respect and protect our natural world, and encourage them to become stewards of the environment in which we live. To more information on the initiatives and the project, visit the Storytelling page in the  YELL blog or follow @LetsTellaTale2 on Twitter.


Meal time for young crag martin at La Chaise-Dieu (France)
Courtesy of Patrick Landreau


PSEC is a multilingual Circle and research is carried out in a variety of languages.

Boschian Bailo, Valentina (under revision). Representations of placelessness.

Boschian Bailo, Valentina (ed), Agnese Cemulini, Giulia Tonelli, Melanie Magistro, Giulia Regini, Giulia Bozza, Ilaria Franz, Sara Decorte, Ilaria Boato and Giorgia Salvador (2018). Ecolinguistic Stories of Resilience. Language and Ecology, 1-22,

Collaoni, Federico (2017). Grenzen der Sprachen und Grenzen der Sprachwissenschaft in der Ökolinguistik. Grenzen der Sprachen – Grenzen der Sprachwissenschaft Band I (Linguistische Treffen in Wrocław 13). Bartoszewicz, I., Szczęk, J., Tworek, A. eds. Dresden: Neisse Verlag, 43-54.

Living Together on this Earth: Eco-Sustainable Narratives and Environmental Concerns in English Literature/s. 2017. Special issue of Le Simplegadi, 15, 17,

Bortoluzzi, Maria (2017). Multimodal Awareness in Ecology Discourse for Children Education.Le Simplegadi, 15, 17, 126-139,

Boschian Bailo, Valentina (2016). La costruzione dell’identità nelle pratiche giornalistiche: il caso dei rifugiati. Le Simplegadi, 15, 17, 361-369,

Ghdaye, Katarina (ed), Katarina Ghdaye, Valentina Boschian Bailo, Eliana Fortunato, Sidonia Gadient, Ilenia Gosgnach, Mattia Mantellato, Martina Napolitano, Federica Rinaldi and Gemma Roman (2016). Ecolinguistic Perspectives on Our Surroundings. Language and Ecology, 1-20,

Bortoluzzi, Maria (2010). Participation and Emotion in BBC Online News and Blogposts: A Snapshot on Climate Change. ELOPE. English Language Overseas Perspectives and Enquiries, 8, Autumn: 7-26, ISSN 1581-8918,

Bortoluzzi, Maria (2010). Energy and Its Double: A Case-study in Critical Multimodal Analysis. Thresholds and Potentialities of Systemic Functional Linguistics: Applications to other disciplines, specialised discourses and language other than English.Swain E.A. ed. Trieste: Edizioni Universitarie Trieste, 158-181, ISBN 978-88-8303-275-2,

Bortoluzzi, Maria (2009). Towards a Framework of Critical Multimodal Analysis: Emotion in a Film Trailer. Cross-Modal Analysis of Speech, Gestures, Gaze and Facial Expressions.Esposito A. & Vich R. eds. Berlin: Springer Verlag, LNAI 5641: 50-62, ISBN 976-3-642-03319-3,

Bortoluzzi, Maria (2009). An Inconvenient Truth: Multimodal Emotions in Identity Construction.Electronic Emotion, the Mediation of Emotion via Information and Communication Technologies.Vincent J. & Fortunati L. eds. Oxford: Peter Lang, 137-164, ISBN 978-3-03911-866-3.

Vasta, Nicoletta & Bortoluzzi, Maria (2007). Interactional Frames and Structures of Expectations: the Construction of Roles and Identities in TOTAL’s Advertising campaign. Contatti, 2/2007 Pubblici Intrecci Attese.Brusati L. & Cattarinussi B. Udine: Forum Editrice, 103-127, ISSN: 1826-6002.