publication . Article . 2020

An ecolinguistic perspective on the discourse of the Corona Virus

Richard J. Alexander;
Open Access Portuguese
  • Published: 19 Dec 2020 Journal: Ecolinguística: Revista brasileira de ecologia e linguagem (ECO-REBEL) (issn: 2447-7052, eissn: 2447-7052, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Programa de Pós-Graduação em Linguística (UnB-PPGL)
Abstract
Taking an ecolinguistic approach the paper analyzes how the corona virus pandemic has changed our lives and how people are talking and discoursing around the globe. The pronouncements of politicians and governments changed very quickly to accommodate to the new state of affairs. Employing strong language governments made their populations stay at home, to keep ‘social distance’, to prevent the spread of the disease. Very rapidly ‘medical’ talk of illness and death entered the public domain and was used by politicians. Medical experts like virologists and epidemiologists accompanied politicians on the media showing graphs and curves to explain what was happening....
Subjects
free text keywords: Discurso; pandemia; governo; lockdown; povo; metáforas., Discouro; pandemic; government; lockdown; people; metaphors.
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