Results and guidelines
The final report for the Coronavirus Discourses project can be found here.
Research insight reports
Our research project is divided into three main strands when it comes to our analysis. They include the development of approaches to analyse comments on coronavirus matters via automated analysis of web-based content; the development of tools to analyse the linguistic engagement with coronavirus matters by individuals via a privacy-preserving app; and the co-design of research questions and approaches relating to the analysis of coronavirus discourse with our research partners and via our public involvement panel. The reports and updates below reflect the division into those three strands of the project.
- June 2021: Using online news comments to gather fast feedback on issues with public health messaging: The Guardian as a case study [strand 1]
- July 2021: Public health messaging by political leaders: a corpus linguistic analysis of COVID-19 speeches delivered by Boris Johnson [strand 1]
- August 2021: We prepared a poster presentation for the Public Health Wales Research and Evaluation Digital Conference (held in September). We shared insights from our research on health inequalities and Black-Asian and Minority Ethnic populations and discussed future directions for the project. [strand 1]
- September 2021: Prize Announcement [strand 1]
- October 2021: Sharing Information about COVID-19 – Feedback from the Coronavirus Discourses’ Public Involvement Panel [strand 3]
- November 2021: Corpus Linguistics Training for Communications Professionals [strand 3]
- December 2021: Privacy Preserving Corpus Linguistics – Investigating the Trajectories of Public Health Messaging Online
- January 2022: Public Involvement Panel (PIP) Activity: What Makes Effective Public Health Messaging?
- February 2022: Coronavirus Discourses Online: Participating in Studies on the Reception and Production of Public Health Messaging
A number of other language-related research projects are examining COVID-19. Links to some of these resources are included below:
- #CORONASPEAK – blog on the language of COVID-19, Kings College London
- ‘A fire raging’: Why fire metaphors work well for Covid-19’, blog post on research, Lancaster University (UK)
- Blog on tracking the language of COVID-19, Oxford English Dictionary
- Communicating the pandemic: improving public communication and understanding, University of Leeds
- Covid-19 and minority and lesser-known languages, blog post, the Foundation for Endangered Languages
- COVID-19: Phraseology, imagery, and perceptions of public health messages by speakers of English as an additional language, project, at the University of Liverpool (UK)
- COVID-19 language hub (including the COVID-19 Multilingual project), Oxford Languages
- Cultural translation and interpreting of COVID-19 risks amongst London’s ethnic and minority communities project, SOAS
- How COVID-19 is affecting language change, study by Michigan State University
- Impact of COVID-19 on how we communicate with each other, University of Essex
- LDC2020E21 LORELEI Language Packs for COVID-19 Research, project, the University of Pennsylvania (USA)
- Research analyzes ‘Chinese virus’ rhetoric and its impacts, article on research, the University of Nebraska – Lincoln (USA)
- Social media and the pandemic: What we’re learning from the Twitterverse, article on a study, the University of British Columbia (Canada)
- Talking about lockdown language, public lecture on research, Lancaster University (UK)
- TRAC:COVID – Trust and Communication: A Coronavirus Online Visual Dashboard, Birmingham City University
- Types, sources and claims of COVID-19 misinformation project, Oxford University
For a list of useful references relating to coronavirus discourses, please see here.
Coronavirus Discourses Evaluation Event October 2022