Kjersti Fløttum

Kjersti Fløttum
University of Bergen | UiB · Department of Foreign Languages

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We explore what associations Norwegian citizens have with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through an analysis of their knowledge of and attitudes towards these goals. To achieve this, we combine three methodological approaches: (1) structural topic modelling (STM) providing topic prevalence, (2) manual content analysis including exploratio...
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Med utgangspunkt i et klimaperspektiv undersøker vi i denne artikkelen hvordan nordmenn uttrykker sine meninger om og sitt forhold til den fysiske naturen. Med et materiale i hovedsak hentet fra representative spørreundersøkelser, bestående av svar på åpne spørsmål, stiller vi to spørsmål: 1) hvilken rolle tillegges natur og menneske som årsak til...
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The present study proposes an analysis of climate change (CC) narratives in answers to an open‐ended survey question, where we ask what a climate‐friendly lifestyle may imply. The representative survey has been conducted online by the Norwegian Citizen Panel/DIGSSCORE, located at the University of Bergen. The survey provided 1,149 answers from resp...
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This paper investigates how people conceive and evaluate nature through language, in a climate change context. With material consisting of 1,200 answers to open-ended questions in nationally representative surveys in Norway, we explore what semantic roles and values the respondents attribute to nature as well as to how they interact with the public...
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Dans cette contribution, nous posons que la polyphonie est un outil méthodologique qui peut s’ouvrir en se mettant au service d’autres approches. Ceci est montré à partir de trois types de textes : un discours d’une enquête norvégienne, un éditorial du Monde et un discours d’Emmanuel Macron. Tous les trois sont centrés sur la question du changement...
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Climate change is dramatically shifting the way cities interpret and live with their local climate. This paper analyses how climate change is emerging as a matter of concern in the public spheres of Bergen, and interprets how this concern is effecting Bergen’s identity, with implications for the city’s climate risk governance. Historically, Bergen...
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Experts and academics think, write, and talk extensively about energy transition, but can the same be said about the public? A comprehensive move from fossil to renewable energy implies significant structural changes and social consequences, for example linked to employment, mobility, and individual consumption patterns. Consequently, public accept...
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Communication related to climate change as well as to its consequences constitutes a major challenge; all the more so since climate is a non-observable phenomenon, in stark contrast to the weather. In this perspective, language plays a crucial role in the conceptualisation and the framing of climate change discourse. In this paper, French and Norw...
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This anthology consists of selected papers presented by European scholars at the 21st LSP-Conference 2017 on Interdisciplinary knowledge-making: challenges for LSP research, held at NHH Norwegian School of Economics in Bergen, Norway. The multifarious aspects of LSP-research publication cover issues on terms and terminology, LSP-texts from a text l...
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We examine how people remember stories about climate change and how they communicate these stories to others. Drawing on theories of reconstructive memory and cultural theory, we assume that recollection is systematically affected by an individual’s world view as well as by the world view of the target audience. In an experimental study with a Norw...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to explore how energy companies discursively construct climate change when integrating it into their overall business strategy. Design/methodology/approach This linguistic study uses a quantitative/qualitative approach to investigate three instances of recent climate disclosure, climate strategy reports, by t...
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La communication portant sur le changement climatique reste un défi majeur. Le langage utilisé joue un rôle essentiel dans la conceptualisation et le cadrage des discours portant sur le réchauffement de notre planète. Ces discours constituent un champ hétérogène, dont le discours des enquêtes représente un sous-domaine de plus en plus central. La r...
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The focus of this paper is on the little researched interplay between verbal and visual representations of climate change news. We apply the framework of discursive news values analysis (Bednarek and Caple, 2017) to investigate how climate stories are made newsworthy through language (headlines) and image (pictures). We analyse 22 texts from the br...
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Narration as a fundamental activity practiced among human beings dates from long before writing was invented, and spread throughout many different civilisations. Within cultural and literary studies it underwent a renaissance through the work of the Russian folklorist and scholar Vladimir Propp, who analysed the basic plot components of Russian fol...
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Tackling climate change requires both policy and individual action. Mobilizing such action can be made more optimal with knowledge about how the public views climate change solutions and what they think needs to be done in the face of climate change. Yet most public opinion research to date uses either closed questions about agreement with various...
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There is a general scepticism as to definitions of text types based on determined lin-guistic criteria. The subject of this article is to show how it is possible to strengthen the linguistic basis of text typologies. After a description of the evolution of text typology from Werlich (1976) via van Dijk (1980) to Adam (1992), linguistic polyphony is...
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The object of study in this article is the analysis of microsemantic aspects of the reformulation sequence signalled by c'est-à-dire in written French. The aim of the work presented is to explain what language users do when producing reformulations and to clarify the relation between form and function in such operations. Five types of semantic rela...
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‘Stories’ used to communicate climate change knowledge shape opinions and preferences, and analyzing such narratives can help explain how they are constructed and how they influence us on personal and societal scales. The narrative perspective makes it possible to identify the presence or absence of typical components in a ‘story,’ such as initial...
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The paper investigates topics, emphases, frames and absences in the Summary for Policymakers parts of the three Working Group reports in the IPCC 5th Assessment Report and the Summary for Policymakers of the Synthesis Report. It explores similarities and differences by using various tools of lexical and discourse analysis, combining quantitative an...
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Young people represent the future, but little is known about their attitudes towards climate change, one of the most serious issues facing the world today. The purpose of the present study is to contribute with improved and new knowledge of young Norwegians’ understanding of and attitudes towards this issue, with a special focus on perspectives of...
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Vi tar for oss klimadebatten i et språklig perspektiv. Innenfor LINGCLIM-prosjektet studerer vi hvordan kunnskap, oppfatninger og holdninger relatert til klimaendringer manifesterer seg i kommunikasjon mellom forskere, politikere, interessegrupper og vanlige borgere. Debatten preges av at mange deltar, og at forskjellige stemmer formidler forskjell...
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Citizens' opinions are crucial for action on climate change, but are, owing to the complexity of the issue, diverse and potentially unformed. We contribute to the understanding of public views on climate change and to knowledge needed by decision-makers by using a new approach to analyse answers to the open survey question ' what comes to mind when...
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This paper investigates how the notion of future is represented in a large corpus of English-language blogs related to climate change, with an overarching interest in exploring to what extent the perspectives of gloom-and-doom versus more positive perspectives of a sustainable society are represented. We address the following questions: (1) How are...
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Dans cet article, nous nous proposerons d'étudier le rôle du langage dans l'évocation d'un événement international, COP15, la Conférence sur les changements climatiques organisée à Copenhague en décembre 2009 par l'ONU. Nous examinerons d'une part la manière dont l'événement est construit linguistiquement en amont, et nous analyserons, d'autre part...
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The public debate on the highly contested issue of climate change is characterized by a multitude of voices as well as position taking by the social actors involved. Studies involving the climate issue have emanated from many fields, notably media science. To date, few linguistics-based studies on climate-related newspaper texts have been undertake...
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For several decades, the natural sciences have documented causes and effects of climate change, with all its complexity and inherent uncertainty. This global challenge is one of the most pressing issues facing humanity today. However, the current debate reveals some discrepancies between the claims and evidence presented by climate sciences and the...
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In this article we describe the KIAP corpus, a corpus of 450 research articles covering three disciplines (economics, linguistics and medicine) and three languages (English, French and Norwegian) located at the University of Bergen/Uni Research. We describe the rationale for article selection, the functionalities of the corpus as well as important...
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In late 2011 the South African government published a White Paper outlining climate change response policies for the coming decades. Among the main topics of the text were the socio-economic and climatic vulnerabilities of the country, including the situation of the poor. With the aim of analysing the argumentation regarding climate change and soci...
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The purpose of the present paper is to examine a selection of macro- and micro-linguistic features (at text and sentence/word level respectively) of the South-African Green Paper “National Climate Change Response” from 2010. Our overarching assumption is that the Green Paper needs to handle competing interests, beliefs and voices in a narrative str...
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This paper describes some linguistic features related to the textual interaction taking place between different voices in two development reports focusing on climate change challenges, and discuss how these features function in an argumentative perspective. Given the different institutional contexts they are produced in (the UN Development Program...
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My point of departure in this chapter, focused on how stance and voice vary across cultures in academic writing, is that these two discursive features are closely related. I will lay special emphasis on voice since it always implies a stance, regardless of how clearly marked the latter may be. The issues I will be addressing (Sections 2–4) are the...
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The scientific knowledge associated with the phenomenon of climate change is presented and circulated in a variety of text and talk aimed at audiences with different knowledge backgrounds and agendas. Language is crucial in the presentation of scientific issues, but to date few climate change studies have taken a point of departure in linguistics....
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As climate change debate is rapidly evolving, we hear a multitude of voices: different actors are getting involved around addressing the challenges, setting priorities for new knowledge, and framing key questions and actions. Whose voices are these? And how are they “translating” each other’s knowledge? In order to answer these questions, it is nec...
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The construction of ethos in articles written by young researchersThe main objective of this article is to examine the construction of ethos in a selection of linguistics research articles written by French PhDs and to compare it with the construction of ethos in articles written by established researchers. This construction of ethos is examined th...
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The present article discusses the relevance of studying EU political discourse in a linguistically based polyphonic perspective. The claim is that polyphony is a fruitful approach in the sense that it reveals different types of hidden interaction and thus uncovers implicit and unclear messages. Examples are taken from two speeches given by former P...
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In this article we examine some linguistic characteristics of two speeches made by Tony Blair, in the British (2004) and the European (2005) parliaments. These speeches can be characterised as visionary speeches on Europe and European integration. By introducing a polyphonic perspective, we will point to specific linguistic features, such as polemi...
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Reformulation is an important discursive strategy in the language user's everyday efforts to solve communicative problems. The object of investigation in this paper is the reformulation sequence signalled by c'est-à-dire in written French. The aim of the study presented is, in general, to throw light on the relation between form and use of this typ...
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Recent studies show that the traditional conception of academic writing practices as neutral and deprived of personal elements needs to be revised. The KIAP project investigates whether there is such a thing as cultural identity in academic prose and to what extent it may be related to discipline or language. The genre "research article" is analyse...
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This article will focus on the self (I/we) perspective in combination with the other (you/they) perspective as manifested through polyphonic expressions within the genre of the research article. The materials are taken from the KIAP project based at the University of Bergen. Four points will be discussed: 1) The notion of linguistic polyphony can h...
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This article presents a pilot study which has been undertaken as preparation for a comparative research project called “Cultural identity in academic prose”. The general aim of the project is to study which aspects of scientific activity are most important for what we may call cultural identity in academic writing. Whether such identities are prima...
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Kjersti Fl0ttum Le résumé scientifique -texte monophonique ou polyphonique ? Kjersti Ffottum Université de Bergen, Norvège In this article, I study the scientific abstract, traditionally considered as im-personal and non-engaged, in the perspective of linguistic polyphony (Ducrot 1984, Nolke 1994). My purpose is to identify elements which manifest...
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This paper presents some aspects of polyphonic theory, which contests the idea of the unique speaking subject and claims that several voices can be manifest in one utterance. The theory is related to the analysis of a coherent text consisting of several utterances. The notions of enunciator, speaker, enunciation, and utterance are defined in polyph...

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Aims to look at how Members of the European Parliament talked about climate change issues. Conceptual metaphor study and impact on political action
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