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This major collaboration by researchers and PhD students at King’s College London and Lancaster University is funded by the Leverhulme Trust from 2013 – 2016. It is exploring the different ways in which people talk and write about animals.

Our research examines how language choices realise specific stances towards animals. Findings will be relevant to both natural and social scientists, and will inform public debates about the ways animals feature in human experience: as companions, commodities, and quarry in hunting; in domains such as medical experiments, food production and consumption.

Our findings will:

  • deepen theoretical understanding of the relation between the linguistic system of English, choices made within it, and representations of animals
  • illuminate the degree to which established ways of talking and writing are attuned to describing the rapidly changing environment in which humans and animals co-exist
  • provide evidence about whether current ways of speaking and writing contribute to, or detract from, positive action in sustaining that co-existence.

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