E3S Web Conf.
Volume 202, 2020The 5th International Conference on Energy, Environmental and Information System (ICENIS 2020)
|Number of page(s)
|Socio-Culture and Environment
|10 November 2020
The Discourses of the Sinking Villages in Demak: The Social Relation between Humans and Nature
1 School of International Letters and Cultures, Arizona State University, Tempe – Arizona
2 Master Program of Linguistics, Faculty of Humanities, Diponegoro University, Semarang Indonesia
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Stories of climate change and its impacts on human life that have been reported in various media supports arguments that it is largely man-made. In many Indonesian communities, however, this disaster that alters cultural, social, and economic environment is often viewed as a natural phenomenon. This paper analyzes expressions of the experiences of local Indonesian inhabitants and media reporters using discourse analysis. The selected texts in the reports mostly focus on expressions concerning how the inhabitants dealt with the ever-increasing tidal flood that engulfed their dwellings and communities. The analysis reveal that stories on their experiences contain words and themes representing their views of natural phenomenon that created memories of the past and uncertain plans for the futures. Different types and class of words they express not only represent grieving for loss of livelihood, but also, more importantly, embody efforts to make the best of what is left, including changing the inundated district into a tourism site.
Key words: narrative discourse / tidal flood / social relation / appraisal system
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