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Linguistics Reflections

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  • 27
    May

    2020

    Media, language and corona

    Plagues, pestilence, inundations and devastations, usually visited upon a complacent people, are as old as our oldest myths (perhaps we should have paid them more attention). But in Covid-19 and the global...

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  • 26
    May

    2020

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    Pandemic words matter … but how?

    “We’re all in this together,” proclaim many Americans in this time of the global covid-19 pandemic. One meme displays the word VIRUS with the letters VIR marked out, highlighting US. The solidarity...

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  • 22
    May

    2020

    Language differences as shibboleths in a pandemic

    In times of crisis, when people experience fear, they often express hostility toward others. They discriminate against people who look like “enemies”. The well-known and shameful internment of Japanese-Americans...

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  • 20
    May

    2020

    Covocabulary

    All over the linguistics world, linguists are staying safe, like everyone else, but in their newly imposed spare time are having a field day, because Covid-19 has given them a new lexical world to explore....

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  • 8
    May

    2020

    “The ‘Invisible Enemy’: Language, Trump, and...

    MIt’s remarkable how Trump can make an unprecedented situation seem so familiar by cranking it through the language grinder he’s been using all along. Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, we have...

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