Quotation Dayrell, Carmen, Gillings, Mathew. 2021. Climate change in the UK press: examining discourse fluctuation over time. Corpus Linguistics 2021, Limerick, Ireland, 15.07.21.




This paper examines the discourses around climate change in the UK press from 2003-2019. Here, our main goal is to investigate how the media discourse developed during a period of significant world events, such as the launch of the IPCC report in 2007, the Copenhagen climate summit in 2009, and the Paris Agreement in 2015. In this context, we also explore the change in the UK public’s perception of the problem, from a high level of climate scepticism in the mid-2000s to an increasing concern over risks and threats posed by changing temperatures (PEW, 2020). Our corpus comprises two components: 102,392 articles (87,914,516 words) published by broadsheets, and 12,869 articles (11,992,815 words) published by tabloids. These texts were selected on the basis of a set of query words/phrases. For the analysis, we employ the novel technique of Usage Fluctuation Analysis (UFA) (McEnery et al. 2019), which allows us to track the fluctuation of word usage manifested through collocation.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Climate change in the UK press: examining discourse fluctuation over time
Event Corpus Linguistics 2021
Year 2021
Date 15.07.21
Country Ireland
Location Limerick


Gillings, Mathew (Details)
Dayrell, Carmen (Lancaster University, United Kingdom)
Institute for English Business Communication (Mautner) (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
6604 Applied linguistics (Details)
6611 Linguistics (Details)
6623 Sociolinguistics (Details)
6633 Computational linguistics (Details)
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