Anna Obukhova: PhD project

Working title: “Svalbard / Spitsbergen through the prism of Russian media

Supervisors: Laura A. Janda, Tore Nesset


My research project is a part of the project named THREAT-DEFFUSER: Mitigating Perceived Threats in Russian and Norwegian Public Discourse. My study is aimed at investigation of coverage of Svalbard, including the Russian presence in Svalbard, by some Russian federal, regional, and local press. In order to understand how events are construed and descriptions are constructed within the Svalbard context, I use the Cognitive Linguistic Approach to Critical Discourse Analysis (Hart 2011; Hart 2013) that incorporates, for example, Langacker’s (2008: 55) understanding of construal phenomena. I am also interested in how threats are framed within this context and whether the coverage of Svalbard by Russian newspapers changed after the Ukrainian events of 2014.


  • Hart, Christopher. 2011b. Moving beyond Metaphor in the Cognitive Linguistic Approach to CDA: Construal Operations in Immigration Discourse. In Hart, Christopher (ed.) Critical Discourse Studies in Context and Cognition. John Benjamins Publishing Company. 171-192.
  • Hart, Christopher. 2013. Event-Construal in Press Reports of Violence in Political Protests: A Cognitive Linguistic Approach to CDA. In Journal of Language and Politics. 12.3. 400-423.
  • Langacker, Ronald. 2008. Cognitive Grammar: A Basic Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Project duration: 2021 – 2024


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