Neological creation and creativity in media discourse
[Création et créativité néologique dans le discours médiatique]
Elena-Cristina Ilinca – Ana-Marina Tomescu
This current study aims to explore some neologisms in Romanian in the context of the 2020-2022 health crisis under the influence of the English and French languages. The main focus of this article is on the phenomenon of neologism to explore the creation of new words and the potential creativity languages have to produce lexical innovations to designate new realities. More specifically, it deals with an analysis of online press discourse on Covid-19 through a descriptive and qualitative analysis of some new lexical units formed from the acronym COVID-19. The data were collected from media websites and retrieved from February 2020 to April 2022 in order to identify possible evolutions of neologisms that appeared in the first months of the outbreak of the virus.
Key words: Covid-19, neologisms, media discourse