LINGCLIM: Language, climate and lifestyle

Interview with Kjersti Fløttum: Language used to talk about the severe floods in Western Europe

On July 21st, Kjersti Fløttum was interviewed by the Swiss radio RTS-Info on words used in relation to the catastrophic floods that hit Western Europe in July 2021.

The heavy floods left their marks – also on our language

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How were the heavy floods that hit Western Europa in July 2021 reflected in our language use? Should we be more aware on how we talk about natural disasters? On Wednesday, July 21st, Kjersti Fløttum, project leader of the interdisciplinary CLIMLIFE research project, was interviewed by the Swiss radio RTS-Info on words used in relation to the flood catastrophe. Fløttum highlights that it important to not only talk about invincible problems and catastrophes, but to present solutions and concrete actions that can be implemented in order to mitigate climate change. The interview was held in French: https://www.rts.ch/info/sciences-tech/12361038-comment-les-recentes-inondations-alterent-le-lexique-climatique.html