The College of the Liberal Arts is hosting a lecture series featuring several faculty members discussing different dimensions of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Language of Pandemic
Eduardo Mendieta, Philosophy
The writer William Burroughs famously wrote that “language is a virus.” This lecture will analyze the language we are using to talk about the pandemic. This language conceals and reveals how we are dealing with its causes and effects. Euphemisms, malapropisms, direct negation, double negatives, and the absence of certain key words, reveal to us indeed how language behaves virally, and thus, how we have to inoculate ourselves to some of its virulent aspects.