Language service in the sanitary crisis: theories and practices in Chinese context

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18002/sin.v11i2.6906

Keywords:

language service, COVID-19, China, emergency linguistics.

Abstract

Language service in the sanitary crisis: theories and practices in Chinese context technological activities, into its definition. In the fight against the COVID-19 crisis, under the framework
of “emergency linguistics”, Chinese linguists, digital developers and university students carried out
language supports in order to solve the communication problems between authorities, health workers,
citizens and foreigners living in China. Specifically, they published manuals of Hubei dialects and
instructions in foreign languages and in basic Chinese on how to protect oneself in the pandemic;
moreover, they collected information for the needy communities and cared about the international
students’ psychological state. On the other hand, machine and human translation platforms and mobile
applications were created. However, we notice an inconsistency between the theoretical approaches
to the term “language service” and the practices in the pandemic, which is why we suggest caution in
the development of new terms and in the integration of theories and practices.

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Author Biography

Chen Danna

Facultad de Estudios Europeos y Latinoamericanos/Instituto Confucio de Madrid
Universidad de Estudios Internacionales de Shanghái
Shanghái, China 200083 / Madrid (España) 28001

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Published

2021-02-22

How to Cite

Danna, C. (2021). Language service in the sanitary crisis: theories and practices in Chinese context. Sinología hispánica. China Studies Review, 11(2), 1–24. https://doi.org/10.18002/sin.v11i2.6906