新冠疫情醫療詞彙之多面向敍事-語言、事件與時間

Translated title of the contribution: Research on Narratives of Medical Language Related to the COVID-19 Epidemic: Language, Events, and Times

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Abstract

This article takes December 2019 to June 2021 as the research period and analyzes the linguistic characteristics of 55 groups of medical words related to the epidemic through language materials. It contains The Oxford Dictionary's Words of the Year for 2020 and 2021, combines "WHO Timeline - COVID-19," and mainly discusses the following four topics. First, explore the dynamic relationship between language and society through the current COVID-19 epidemic events and times and with hot words from newspaper data (United Daily News Group) and CKIP's event analyses. Second, investigate disease terms and language expressions' practical influences on society, such as the association between the "naming method" and the "stigmatization" of the disease. Third, discuss the metaphors used for the epidemic (viruses, vaccines, various measures, etc.), finally argue that the extensive use of acronyms and jargon in a medical language not only maintains the discipline's professionalism but contributes to the purpose of social education. Overall, this article deems that metaphors do not merely create negative feelings but can help patients and the general public understand more clearly the characteristics of the disease. Comparative stigmatization comes from social explanations, while medical terms and metaphors are scientific explanations and cognitive explanations. The end of the article also mentions potential directions for further studies in the future: the relationship between language and ideology, analyses of language materials and events, and management of language use in an emergency.

Translated title of the contributionResearch on Narratives of Medical Language Related to the COVID-19 Epidemic: Language, Events, and Times
Original languageChinese (Traditional)
Pages (from-to)213-243
Number of pages31
Journal中國語文通訊 = Current Research in Chinese Linguistics
Volume101
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Jul

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