Discourses and Counter-discourses in the Times of the Coronavirus Crisis


The situation of the global coronavirus crisis affects different areas of human life and also influences the use of language. A new kind of discourse is emerging, in which politics, health care, the media and many other actors participate. In our article, we deal with the "coronavirus discourse" from the point of view of right-wing populist parties and other critics who create a special narrative that is often directed as a counter-discourse against the rhetoric of official political decision-makers or the mass media. This constellation of speech and counter-speech can be examined methodologically from the position of critical discourse analysis in the sense of Michael Foucault. In addition, the performative aspect of linguistic utterances in the tradition of John Austin can also be considered in this context. In a combination of the two methodological approaches, our study examines which effects, with which linguistic means and with which intentions are constructed by language in this pandemic situation.

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Jan Demcisak, University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava, Slovakia
Simona Frastikova, University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava, Slovakia

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Conference: ACL2021
Stream: Language and Culture

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