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COVID-19: the world and the words: linguistic means and discursive constructions

COVID-19: the world and the words: linguistic means and discursive constructions
COVID-19: the world and the words: linguistic means and discursive constructions
The present paper aims to explore by which discursive and linguistic means the COVID-19-pandemic as a macro event has been translated into local micro events and to point to similarities and differences by comparing the initial statements by leading political actors from 29 countries across four continents. The comparative analysis is based on the theoretical and methodological framework of the socio-cognitive approach within Critical Discourse Analysis, which focuses on exploring the construction of in-, affiliated and out-groups. In addition, our analysis is informed by argumentation theory and nationalism studies. The results of our analysis suggest that the major consensus has been found in constructing the out-group. In most countries, the virus is conceptualized as the main proponent of the out-group. In contrast, the linguistic and discursive construction of in-groups and the affiliated ones displays greater variation, depending on the prevalent discursive practices and the social context in different countries.
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International Association for Discourse Studies
Kranert, Michael
2054176a-2b70-491b-9ee7-5388ae25296f
Paola Attolino
Martina Berrocal
Júlio Antonio Bonatti Santos
Sara Garcia Santamaria
Nancy Henaku
Aimée-Danielle Lezou Koffi
Camilla Marziani
Viktorija Mažeikienė
Dasniel Olivera Pérez
Kumaran Rajandran
Aleksandra Salamurović
Kranert, Michael
2054176a-2b70-491b-9ee7-5388ae25296f

Kranert, Michael , Paola Attolino, Martina Berrocal, Júlio Antonio Bonatti Santos, Sara Garcia Santamaria, Nancy Henaku, Aimée-Danielle Lezou Koffi, Camilla Marziani, Viktorija Mažeikienė, Dasniel Olivera Pérez, Kumaran Rajandran and Aleksandra Salamurović (2020) COVID-19: the world and the words: linguistic means and discursive constructions (DiscourseNet Collaborative Working Paper Series, 2/9) International Association for Discourse Studies 8pp.

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Abstract

The present paper aims to explore by which discursive and linguistic means the COVID-19-pandemic as a macro event has been translated into local micro events and to point to similarities and differences by comparing the initial statements by leading political actors from 29 countries across four continents. The comparative analysis is based on the theoretical and methodological framework of the socio-cognitive approach within Critical Discourse Analysis, which focuses on exploring the construction of in-, affiliated and out-groups. In addition, our analysis is informed by argumentation theory and nationalism studies. The results of our analysis suggest that the major consensus has been found in constructing the out-group. In most countries, the virus is conceptualized as the main proponent of the out-group. In contrast, the linguistic and discursive construction of in-groups and the affiliated ones displays greater variation, depending on the prevalent discursive practices and the social context in different countries.

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Published date: 1 August 2020
Additional Information: Special Issue: Discourse Studies Essays on the Corona-Crisis

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Local EPrints ID: 443665
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/443665
PURE UUID: e7662df1-5438-4896-868d-bd8514fc795d

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Date deposited: 08 Sep 2020 16:30
Last modified: 18 Sep 2020 16:30

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Author: Michael Kranert
Corporate Author: Paola Attolino
Corporate Author: Martina Berrocal
Corporate Author: Júlio Antonio Bonatti Santos
Corporate Author: Sara Garcia Santamaria
Corporate Author: Nancy Henaku
Corporate Author: Aimée-Danielle Lezou Koffi
Corporate Author: Camilla Marziani
Corporate Author: Viktorija Mažeikienė
Corporate Author: Dasniel Olivera Pérez
Corporate Author: Kumaran Rajandran
Corporate Author: Aleksandra Salamurović

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