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The Role of Language in the Climate Change Debate

1st Edition

Edited by Kjersti Flottum


178 pages | 23 B/W Illus.

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This volume takes a distinctive look at the climate change debate, already widely studied across a number of disciplines, by exploring the myriad linguistic and discursive perspectives and approaches at play in the climate change debate as represented in a variety of genres. The book focuses on key linguistic themes, including linguistic polyphony, lexical choices, metaphors, narration, and framing, and uses examples from diverse forms of media, including scientific documents, policy reports, op-eds, and blogs, to shed light on how information and knowledge on climate change can be represented, disseminated, and interpreted and in turn, how they can inform further discussion and debate. Featuring contributions from a global team of researchers and drawing on a broad array of linguistic approaches, this collection offers an extensive overview of the role of language in the climate change debate for graduate students, researchers, and scholars in applied linguistics, environmental communication, discourse analysis, political science, climatology, and media studies.

Table of Contents


Mike Hulme

1 Language and climate change

Kjersti Fløttum

2 Verbal and visual framing activity in climate change discourse: a multimodal analysis of media representations of the IPCC’s 5th Assessment Report

Trine Dahl

3 Competing climate change narratives: an analysis of leader statements during COP21 in Paris

Øyvind Gjerstad

4 Stories about climate change: The influence of language on Norwegian public opinion

Michael D. Jones, Kjersti Fløttum, and Øyvind Gjerstad

5 Metaphors in online editorials and op-eds about climate change, 2006 - 2013: A study of Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States

Dimitrinka Atanasova and Nelya Koteyko

6 Conceptual metaphors associated with climate change in corporate annual

reports: two perspectives from the United States and Australia

Oleksandr Kapranov

7 Willingness of action

Kjersti Fløttum

8 The Paris COP21 agreement – obligations for 195 countries

Kjersti Fløttum and Helge Drange

9 Data-driven approaches to climate change discourse, illustrated through case studies of blogs and international climate negotiations

Andrew Salway

About the Editor

Kjersti Fløttum is professor of French linguistics at the Department of foreign languages, University of Bergen. Her research fields are text and genre theory and discourse analysis, with a special focus on linguistic polyphony in scientific, political and climate change discourse as well as on narrative structures in climate change discourse. Fløttum has headed several cross-disciplinary projects (KIAP, EURLING, LINGCLIM). She is co-author of the books ScaPoLine (2004) and Academic Voices (2006), and editor of Speaking to Europe (2013). She has published in international journals such as Journal of Pragmatics, Journal of Language and Politics, Language & Communication, Text & Talk, Climatic Change, Global Environmental Change, Nature Climate Change, and in Oxford Research Encyclopedias.

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Routledge Research in Language and Communication

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Sociolinguistics