The birth of language ecology: interdisciplinary influences in Einar Haugen's “The ecology of language”
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Highlights•The article critically examines Einar Haugen's seminal approach to language ecology.•The gradual diffusion of the term ‘ecology’ from biology to linguistics is traced.•The immediate roots of language ecology are in sociology rather than biology.•Haugen experiences severe troubles in transposing biological notions to language.•Despite deficiencies, Haugen's approach opens up important prospects for linguistics.

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