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Recent neologisms provoked by COVID-19 – in the Danish Language and in The danish dictionary

  • Inspired by GWLN 3, we take a look at the new words, meanings, and expressions that have been created during or promoted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic provides a rare opportunity to follow the rise, spread, and integration of words and expressions in a language that may serve as an illustration of how linguistic innovation in general works. Relevant words were selected from various lists, notably monthly and annual lists of prominent words attested in the corpus of The Danish Dictionary. Analysis of these lists gives an insight into the number of words that stand out month by month and what kinds of words are involved, both in terms of morphological type and of semantic category, with special attention given to neologisms. Finally, we discuss the criteria for selecting which words to include in the dictionary. With this study, Danish is added to the list of languages covered in the GWLN series on COVID-19 neologisms.

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Author:Lars Trap-Jensen, Henrik Lorentzen
Parent Title (English):Dictionaries and Society. Proceedings of the XX EURALEX International Congress, 12-16 July 2022, Mannheim, Germany
Place of publication:Mannheim
Editor:Annette Klosa-Kückelhaus, Stefan Engelberg, Christiine Möhrs, Petra Storjohann
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of first Publication:2022
Date of Publication (online):2022/11/16
Publishing Institution:Leibniz-Institut für Deutsche Sprache (IDS)
Tag:The Danish Dictionary; corpus-based; detecting neologisms; temporal dimension
GND Keyword:Dänisch; Korpus <Linguistik>; Neologismus; Wörterbuch
First Page:825
Last Page:832
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 420 Englisch
Open Access?:ja
BDSL-Classification:Lexikographie, Wörterbücher
Conferences, Workshops:Dictionaries and Society. Proceedings of the XX EURALEX International Congress, 12-16 July 2022, Mannheim, Germany
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY-SA - Namensnennung - Weitergabe unter gleichen Bedingungen 4.0 International