Unity in Adversity: Multilingual Crisis Translation and Emergency Linguistics in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dreisbach, J L and Dreisbach, S M (2021) Unity in Adversity: Multilingual Crisis Translation and Emergency Linguistics in the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Open Public Health Journal, 14 (1). pp. 94-97. ISSN 1874-9445

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In this globalised era, technological innovations in mobility and travel brought in international and intercultural contact which historically exposed the world population to diseases of pandemic levels. As we are already living in multilingual and multicultural societies, this contact amongst peoples necessitates the need for multilingual knowledge and educational materials production pertaining to public health measures. As established in recent literature on multilingual crisis translation initiatives from China and the Philippines, this discursive piece proposes that emergency language services should be formally institutionalised in public health organisations, most certainly in crisis prevention, responses, and mitigation. The COVID-19 pandemic expedited the need for such expertise and language experts all over the world are currently proposing to establish a new field in linguistics to tackle public health translation in emergency situations – emergency linguistics.

Affiliation: Skyline University College
SUC Author(s): Dreisbach, S M ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1141-4423
All Author(s): Dreisbach, J L and Dreisbach, S M
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID-19, Crisis translation, Emergency linguistics, Multilingualism, Public health, Mitigation
Subjects: A Business and Management > AK Health care and delivery
Divisions: Skyline University College > School of Business
Depositing User: Mr Veeramani Rasu
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2022 14:34
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 14:34
URI: https://research.skylineuniversity.ac.ae/id/eprint/111
Publisher URL: https://doi.org/10.2174/1874944502114010094
Publisher OA policy: https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/37514
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