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Metaphorical Representation of a Natural Phenomenon in Newspaper Discourse on Natural Catastrophes



Rok publikování 2012
Druh Článek v odborném periodiku
Časopis / Zdroj CADAAD Journal
Fakulta / Pracoviště MU

Filozofická fakulta

Obor Jazykověda
Klíčová slova CDA; newspaper discourse; natural catastrophes; ideology
Popis The metaphoric conceptualization of a natural phenomenon employed in newspaper discourse on natural catastrophes is examined through a data-driven analysis. The focus is put on the representation of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and 2005 Hurricane Katrina in three newspapers published in Western English-speaking countries: The New York Times, The Guardian and The Globe and Mail. The major metaphoric themes discerned include the depiction of the natural phenomenon as an ANIMATE BEING, a MONSTER and a WARRIOR. By demonizing nature, such a representation reinforces Western nature-culture dualism, puts the blame for the catastrophe on the natural phenomenon and hides social and historical factors contributing to the disaster.