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Unveiling the Language of Ideology in China’s Environmental Planning

Pilot Ecolinguistic Analysis of an Environmental Impact Assessment

Daniele Brombal    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

Pui Yiu Szeto    Ca’ Foscari University of Venice    

Sergio Conti    Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Italia    



While predominantly seen as a technical process, environmental planning is in fact largely shaped by cultural and ideological factors. Ecolinguistics offers a coherent approach to analyse these elements, by unearthing their linguistic traces and exposing how they naturalize social-ecological goals. So far, limited efforts have gone into developing tools for a systematic ecolinguistic analysis of Chinese texts informing environmental decision-making. This paper seeks to address this gap, by introducing a novel ecolinguistic framework and the results of its application on a Chinese Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report.

Aug. 29, 2023
June 7, 2023
Jan. 31, 2023

Keywords: EcolinguisticsPoliticsImpact assessmentIdeologyEnvironmentChinese

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