Lexical-Semantic Representations at the Time of the Coronavirus Pandemic

Daniele Franceschi
2021 International Journal of English Linguistics  
This paper examines some cases of lexical adaptation and innovation in present-day English resulting from changed communicative needs brought about by the current coronavirus pandemic. The data analysed consists of 15 lexical items retrieved in the NOW Corpus, a web-based collection of newspapers and magazines freely accessible online. The study shows that certain already existing words and expressions tend to be used more frequently in coronavirus-related discourse than in other contexts prior
more » ... to the current crisis; others appear to be undergoing a re-adaptation of their semantic range, while new ones seem to have emerged and to be making their way into dictionaries. At the same time, there are certain free-word combinations built “on the fly” whose stability is still uncertain.
doi:10.5539/ijel.v11n6p120 fatcat:suvgtmg5yrgwjnersngykwqsyu