COVID-19 in the news: The first 12 months

Jiang, Feng Kevin and Hyland, Ken (2022) COVID-19 in the news: The first 12 months. International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 32 (2). pp. 241-258. ISSN 0802-6106

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The year 2020 was the year of COVID-19. In this paper we seek to identify the changing concerns of the international press to unfolding events of the COVID pandemic throughout 2020. Based on a 12.3-million-word corpus, we explore keyword nouns and verbs and frequent noun phrases to understand the central concerns of the public reflected in its news media. Results show that news in the early months was dominated by the symptoms of the virus, with items relating to controlling the disease such as guidelines, protocols and, eventually, vaccine, becoming increasingly prominent. Dominant keyword verbs base, infect, and announce concerned different activities associated with reporting the pandemic. This corpus-assisted linguistic description helps guide our reading of the changing public interest in the pandemic.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: covid-19,noun phrases,news discourse,keyword verbs,language and linguistics,linguistics and language,sdg 3 - good health and well-being ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1200/1203
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education and Lifelong Learning
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Language in Education
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2022 10:30
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2024 01:38
DOI: 10.1111/ijal.12412


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