Different contexts, different "stories"? A linguistic comparison of two development reports on climate change
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Original versionFløttum, K., Dahl, T. 2012. "Different Contexts, Different 'Stories'? A Linguistic Comparison of Two Development Reports on Climate Change." Language & Communication 32/1, 14-23 10.1016/j.langcom.2011.11.002
This paper describes some linguistic features related to the textual interaction taking place between different voices in two development reports focusing on climate change chal- lenges, and discuss how these features function in an argumentative perspective. Given the different institutional contexts they are produced in (the UN Development Program and the World Bank), our hypothesis is that the reports tell different ‘‘stories’’. This is con- firmed through a comparative analysis undertaken in an overarching polyphonic perspec- tive, revealing a mix of different explicit and implicit voices, and different use of devices such as epistemic, deontic and axiological markers.
“NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Language & Communication. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in "Different Contexts, Different 'Stories'? A Linguistic Comparison of Two Development Reports on Climate Change." Language & Communication 32/1, 14-23, DOI: 10.1016/j.langcom.2011.11.002. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier