LINGCLIM - Linguistic Representations of Climate Change Discourse and Their Individual and Collective Interpretations


The book «The Role of Language in the Climate Change Debate», 2017, presents important results provided by the LINGCLIM project 2013-2017.

The Role of Language in the Climate Change Debate

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

Foreword, 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