Facets of an Armed Conflict in the Language of Press: Example of Ukraine in Swiss Newspapers from 2014 To 2023

Proceedings of The 5th World Conference on Research in Social Sciences

Year: 2023



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Mariam Rukhadze




The media discourse related to armed conflicts and warfare is often marked by competing narratives and struggle for domination of specific terms and expressions that imply, in particular, attribution of responsibility, burden of threat, or human interest. At the same time, certain lexical choices may emphasize or euphemize the gravity of the events while being used as contextual synonyms, as is the case, for example, for such words as “war,” “conflict,” and “crisis.” This paper highlights the preliminary findings of research into the press coverage of the armed conflict in Ukraine by the Swiss press. The corpus of articles was collected from major Swiss newspapers published in German and French languages between 2014 and 2023. The research combines a mixed method of comparative, discourse, and narrative analysis and aims to answer three main questions: What are the key concepts, terms, and collocations used in the analyzed articles? Are there any notable differences between the press coverage of the events in Ukraine in German and French languages? Finally, how have the language and discourse related to the armed conflict in Ukraine evolved throughout the decade?

keywords:  Discourse analysis, armed conflict, multilingualism, mass media, communication