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Totalitarian Political Discourse?

Tolerance and Intolerance in Eastern and East Central European Countries- Diachronic and Synchronoc Aspects- In collaboration with Karsten Senkbeil


Edited By Beatrix Kreß

This volume contributes to the study of political and especially totalitarian language in the countries of the former Eastern Bloc, by bringing together not only diachronic and synchronic aspects, but also by including different media types, such as newspapers, the internet, and different discourse types, e.g. environmental and gender discourses. The combination of historical and contemporary perspectives in many contributions add comparative dimensions, while also shedding light on relevant socio-political developments and phenomena in those post-communist countries, thus uniting linguistic methods with cultural studies.


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Environmental discourse in Russia – linguistic cultural traditions and contemporary metaphors: Liana Goletiani


154 Marina Scharlaj Lukašenko in Russkij Kur’er 20–27.12.1996. Available at http://www.kuli- [09/11/2010]. Available at [09/11/2010]. PolitikHouse. Available at [09/10/2010]. Belorusskij portal. Available at [09/10/2010]. Available at /1041794-batkazat-0/ [05/15/2011]. Komsomol’skaja Pravda. Available at [09/10/2010]. Radyo svaboda. Available at [03/10/2011]. Raška. Available at [09/11/2010]. Sobesednik. Available at _12318_bykov_SIM/ [09/10/2010]. Vladimir Vladimirovič. Available at [06/11/2011]. Environmental discourse in Russia – linguistic cultural traditions and contemporary metaphors Liana Goletiani 1 The worldwide ecological crisis and the development of an in- ternational environmental discourse Since the second half of the last century, ecological crises and the necessity to coordinate the efforts made by different countries to fight them led to an interna- tionalisation of discursive practices on environmental issues. During the last years of the existence of the Soviet Union, the general ecological crisis (for which the Chernobyl disaster stands as a symbol of international importance) coincided with the crisis of the socialist system, and thus with the transformation of Russian society entailing radical changes, opening the country for close inter- national contacts. This accelerated the development of Russian environmental discourse becoming increasingly international in the mid-90s and being enriched by a huge amount of loan-words. To identify a starting point for the environmental movement in the Soviet Union we need to look back into the 1960s, “когда многие выдающиеся ученые, писатели, деятели культуры и журналисты выступили против строительства Байкальского целлюлозно-бумажного комбината (введен в строй 1966 г.)” (“when many leading scientists, writers, people engaged in the...

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