Skrynnikova I.V., Astafurova T.N. Figurative Narratives of Environmental Security

DOI: https://doi.org/10.15688/jvolsu2.2023.4.12

Inna V. Skrynnikova

Candidate of Sciences (Philology), Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Language Communication and Linguodidactics, Volgograd State University

Prosp. Universitetsky, 100, 400062 Volgograd, Russia

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Tatiana N. Astafurova

Doctor of Sciences (Philology), Professor, Department of Foreign Language Communication and Linguodidactics, Volgograd State  Technical University

Prosp. Universitetsky, 100, 400062 Volgograd, Russia

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Professor, Department of Linguistics and Intercultural Communication, State Technical University

Prosp. Lenina, 28, 400005 Volgograd, Russia

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Abstract. The current paper presents a comprehensive overview of numerous, frequently divergent, views of the concept of environmental security and stresses the resulting ambiguity in its interpretations across various types of discourse. This calls for the need to provide an overarching explanation of what environmental security is to be able to tackle environmental issues in the years to come. Given the complexity and the abstract nature of the term, it is the effective use of language resources that can be helpful in making sense of the environmental security and relevant mechanisms to ensure it. The paper argues that figurative language serves as a pervasive cognitive mechanism in interpreting and foregrounding the major aspects of sustainable "communication" with and about the environment. The focal point of the paper is the authors' urge to search for an apt metaphorical narrative encompassing various aspects of environmental security as a single metaphor is hardly able to cover a myriad of interdependent relations in the course of human-nature interaction. The analysis of the recurring discursive metaphors (military, medical, care) to refer to environmental security has revealed their downsides in promoting an adequate view of the current threats and, thus, the lack of public awareness of the emergency actions to save the planet.

Key words: environmental security, ambiguity, figurative language, metaphor, metaphorical narrative, explanatory cognitive mechanism.

Citation. Skrynnikova I.V., Astafurova T.N. Figurative Narratives of Environmental Security. Vestnik Volgogradskogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta. Seriya 2. Yazykoznanie [Science Journal of Volgograd State University. Linguistics], 2023, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 158-166. DOI: https://doi.org/10.15688/jvolsu2.2023.4.12

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