The neologisms of the COVID-19 pandemic in European Portuguese: from media to dictionary

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This paper discusses the creation and use of neologisms resulting from the worldwide situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, its occurrences in the press and social networks and how European Portuguese dictionaries have incorporated them (or not). We selected four neologisms candidates: two units referring to the disease designation (COVID-19; coronavirus, ‘coronavirus’), the other corresponding to a metonym for particular diseases (pandemia, ‘pandemic’) and a prefix element (tele-) related to the way of accomplishing certain tasks in the so-called “new normal” or “post-pandemic scenario”. Our goal is to observe the morphological formation of these units, their uses, and meanings. The data analysis aims to demonstrate the vitality of the lexical neology process in the domain of COVID-19 in a specific period (2019-2021), and how dictionaries are representing the neologisms.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLexicography of Coronavirus-related Neologisms
EditorsAnnette Klosa-Kückelhaus, Ilan Kernerman
Place of PublicationBerlin, Boston
PublisherDe Gruyter
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)9783110798081
ISBN (Print)9783110795561
Publication statusPublished - 5 Dec 2022
Event3rd Globalex Workshop on Lexicography and Neology - online
Duration: 31 Aug 202131 Aug 2021

Publication series

NameLexicographica. Series Maior


Workshop3rd Globalex Workshop on Lexicography and Neology
Abbreviated titleGWLN 2021
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  • Media and dictionary
  • Neologism
  • Pandemic
  • Coronavirus
  • COVID-19


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