Covid-19: A Disaster in the Linguistic Dimension of Different Countries




pandemic; Covid‑19; speech communication; media; language reality


Covid‑19 is highly relevant in 2020; among other things, it is attracting new global socio-communicative and linguistic research. Scholars are addressing the linguistic response to the social and psychological situation in different countries in the era of coronavirus. Thus, the Editorial Board has created a forum for specialists to communicate (in writing), one which makes it possible to provide information about their sources on Covid‑19 and illustrate theoretical materials. The participants chose to analyse different aspects of language during the pandemic; medical terminology and its relevant vocabulary were the same for all countries. The conversation goes beyond the scope of linguistics, as it is important for the researchers to characterise measures taken by governments to combat Covid‑19 and the public’s reaction to them as reflected through language. Additionally, the authors focus on spontaneous linguistic responses to the pandemic in the form of language games, metaphors, and references to historical memory of combatting disasters. The pandemic has also caused long-standing forms of speech communication to change. Researchers from different European countries have took part: Arto Mustajoki (University of Helsinki, Finland; National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia), Nadezjda Zorikhina Nilsson (Stockholm University, Sweden), Rafael Guzmán Tirado (University of Granada, Spain), Anna Tous-Rovirosa and Daria Dergacheva (Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain). The conversation was moderated by Irina Vepreva and Tatiana Itskovich (Ural Federal University Yekaterinburg, Russia).

Author Biographies

Arto Mustajoki

PhD, Chief Researcher, National Research University Higher School of Economics; Professor, University of Helsinki.

20, Myasnitskaya Str., 101000, Moscow, Russia.

3, Yliopistonkatu, 00014, Helsinki, Finland.

ORCID 0000-0002-6609-7090

Nadezjda Zorikhina Nilsson

PhD, Professor, Stockholm University.

10A, Universitetsvägen, SE-106 91, Stockholm, Sweden.

ORCID 0000-0002-8270-8891

Rafael Guzman Tirado

Dr. Hab. (Philology), Professor, University of Granada. 

Avda. del Hospicio, s/n C. P., 18010, Granada, Spain.

ORCID 0000-0002-4615-6436

Anna Tous-Rovirosa

PhD, Associate Professor, Autonomous University of Barcelona.

Campus de la UAB, Plaça Cívica, 08193, Bellaterra, Barcelona, Spain.

ORCID 0000-0003-4519-3793

Daria Dergacheva

PhD Candidate, Autonomous University of Barcelona.

Campus de la UAB, Plaça Cívica, 08193, Bellaterra, Barcelona, Spain.

ORCID 0000-0001-8773-7934

Irina Vepreva

Dr. Hab. (Philology), Professor, Ural Federal University named after the first President of Russia B. N. Yeltsin.

19, Mira Str., 620002, Yekaterinburg, Russia.

ORCID 0000-0002-2230-1985

Tatiana Itskovich

Dr. Hab. (Philology), Professor, Ural Federal University named after the first President of Russia B. N. Yeltsin.

19, Mira Str., 620002, Yekaterinburg, Russia.

ORCID 0000-0002-5841-2943


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How to Cite

Mustajoki, A., Zorikhina Nilsson, N., Guzman Tirado, R., Tous-Rovirosa, A., Dergacheva, D., Vepreva, I., & Itskovich, T. (2020). Covid-19: A Disaster in the Linguistic Dimension of Different Countries. Quaestio Rossica, 8(4), 1369–1390.