Communicating about climate change: Linguistic analysis of climate texts
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Original versionSYNAPS - A Journal of Professional Communication 26(2013)
That climate change is happening and that it is human-induced are well-established facts in the international scientific community. Research-based knowledge about why and how the climate changes emanates from various natural science disciplines. What happens when this knowledge is disseminated and communicated about in other contexts, involving economists, politicians, NGOs, the media and people in general? The implications of climate change are not linked to climatic conditions alone; they also have a social and human dimension. How do narratives focusing on these dimensions portray the various actors and voices involved? In this short paper I briefly present recently initiated research related to these two questions. The studies reported on take their point of departure in linguistic analyses of various textual representations of climate change issues.