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Publication . Article . Conference object . 2021

Simple Discovery of COVID IS WAR Metaphors Using Word Embeddings

Brglez, Mojca; Pollak, Senja; Vintar, Špela;
Open Access   English  
Published: 04 Oct 2021
Publisher: Zenodo
In the past year, the discourse on the COVID-19 pandemic has produced a great number of metaphors stemming from the more basic conceptual metaphor ILLNESS IS WAR. In this paper, we present a semi-automatic method to detect linguistic manifestations of the latter in Slovene media. The method consists of assembling a seed vocabulary of war-related words from an existing Slovene metaphor corpus, extending the vocabulary using word embeddings, and refining the extended vocabulary using intersection filtering. Our method offers a quick compilation of corpus data for further analysis, however, we also address issues related to the method’s precision and the need for manual filtering.

metaphors, covid, word embeddings, media discourse

Funded by
Cross-Lingual Embeddings for Less-Represented Languages in European News Media
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 825153
  • Funding stream: H2020 | RIA
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