危机时期的语言多样性: 新冠疫情下的语言挑战

Translated title of the contribution: Linguistic diversity in times of crisis: the language challenges of COVID-19

Ingrid Piller, Jie Zhang, Jia Li

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Abstract

Multilingual crisis communication has emerged as a global challenge during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the social reality of linguistic diversity has not been systematically integrated into global emergency preparedness and crisis management. The neglect of this problem makes it difficult for linguistic minorities to obtain timely and effective information, thus impairing the effectiveness of emergency response. The special issue of the international sociolinguistics journal Multilingua (39, 5, 2020) is devoted to “Linguistic diversity in a time of crisis: Language challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.” It constitutes not only the first academic exploration of the sociolinguistics of the COVID-19 crisis but also a concerted effort to open a space for intercultural dialogue within sociolinguistics. This paper firstly reviews the 12 research papers included in the special issue. After that, it illustrates the main ideas of the papers from three aspects, namely, the role of English-centric multilingualism in global crisis communication, the role of minoritized languages in crisis communication, the role of language repertoires in building trust and relationships. In order to learn lessons from COVID-19 and to be better prepared for future crises, the special issue calls on sociolinguists to include local knowledges and grassroots practices not only as objects of investigation but in its epistemologies; diversify its knowledge base and the academic voices producing that knowledge base; and re-enter dialogue with policy makers and activists.
Translated title of the contributionLinguistic diversity in times of crisis: the language challenges of COVID-19
Original languageChinese (Simplified)
Specialist publication云大语言研究中心
PublisherYNU Center for Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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