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Crisis Translation: Considering Language Needs in Multilingual Disaster Settings

O'Brien, S; Federici, F; (2019) Crisis Translation: Considering Language Needs in Multilingual Disaster Settings. Disaster Prevention & Management , 29 (2) pp. 129-143. 10.1108/DPM-11-2018-0373. Green open access

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Abstract

The purpose of this conceptual paper is to highlight the role that language translation can play in disaster prevention and management and to make the case for increased attention to language translation in crisis communication. The article draws on literature relating to disaster management to suggest that translation is a perennial issue in crisis communication. Although communication with multicultural and multilinguistic communities is seen as being in urgent need of attention, we find that the role of translation in enabling this is underestimated, if not unrecognised. This article raises awareness of the need for urgent attention to be given by scholars and practitioners to the role of translation in crisis communication.

Type: Article
Title: Crisis Translation: Considering Language Needs in Multilingual Disaster Settings
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1108/DPM-11-2018-0373
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1108/DPM-11-2018-0373
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: crisis communication; translation and interpreting; emergency response; cross-cultural barriers; linguistic vulnerability
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS > Translation Studies
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10077584
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