Language service in the sanitary crisis: theories and practices in Chinese context
Keywords:language service, COVID-19, China, emergency linguistics.
AbstractLanguage 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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