#CORONASPEAK 3 – the mixed messages

A role for linguists in coronamessaging?   – Jon Birch, channelling Turing and repurposing the Enigma machine   The UK government’s handling of the information transfer required in a national emergency has differed significantly from the strategies employed in other states. While Donald Trump has used the White House ‘pressers’ to expound a bewildering sequence … Continue reading #CORONASPEAK 3 – the mixed messages

#CORONASPEAK – the language of Covid-19 goes viral – 2

The second part of my Lockdown Lexicon, Covidictionary, Glossary of Coronacoinages In trying to make sense of our new circumstances, under lockdown, in social isolation or distancing, we must come to terms with an array of new language, some of it unfamiliar and difficult to process, some pre-existing but deployed in new ways. Many of … Continue reading #CORONASPEAK – the language of Covid-19 goes viral – 2

#CORONASPEAK – the language of Covid-19 goes viral

In trying to make sense of their new circumstances, under lockdown, in social isolation or distancing, ‘ordinary’ people are at the mercy of, and must come to terms with new language, some of it unfamiliar and difficult to process, some pre-existing but deployed in new ways. I am using the shorthand #coronaspeak for all the … Continue reading #CORONASPEAK – the language of Covid-19 goes viral