This volume addresses the imperative need for recognising, exploring, and developing the role of multilingual communication in crisis settings. It is recognized that 'communication is aid' and that access to communication is an undeniable human right in crises. Even where effective and accurate information is available to be distributed, circulated, and broadcast in different ways through an ever-growing array of technologies, too often the language barrier remains in place.
From the Philippines, to Lebanon, via Spain, Italy, Columbia, and the UK: crisis situations occur world-wide with different cultural reactions and needs everywhere. The contributors of this volume represent a geographical mixture of regions, language combinations, and disciplines, because crisis situations need to be studied in their locale with different methods. Drawing on disaster studies research, this book aims to stimulate a broad, multidisciplinary debate on how complex communication is in cascading crises and on the role translation can play to facilitate communication.
Translation in Cascading Crises is a key resource for students and researchers of Translation and Interpreting studies, Humanitarian Studies, and Disaster Studies.
"This comprehensive and much-needed volume brings together a variety of experts to discuss the relation between translation and crises from diverse approaches and perspectives. A must read for anyone with an interest in the role language, communication, interpreting and translation studies can play in situation of crisis, in disaster management, in risk mitigation and reduction and, ultimately, in saving lives."
Marc Orlando, Monash University, Australia
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Cascading Crises: Translation as Risk ReductionFederico M. Federici and Sharon O’Brien
Part 1: Sample Crisis Settings
Crisis Translation in Yemen:
Needs and Challenges of Volunteer Translators and Interpreters
Police Communication across Languages in Crisis Situations:
Human Trafficking Investigations in the UK
Mediating the Unutterable Sufferance of Gender-based Violence in Migratory Flows
Part 2: Instruments and Support
Accessibility of Multilingual Information in Cascading Crises
Silvia Rodríguez Vázquez and Jésus Torres del Rey
Mapping Translation Technology and the Multilingual Needs of NGOs along the Aid Chain
Celia Rico Pérez
Ethical Considerations on the Use of Machine Translation and Crowdsourcing in Cascading Crises
Carla Parra Escartín and Helena Moniz
Management and Training of Linguistic Volunteers:
A Case Study of Translation at Cochrane Germany
Patrick Cadwell, Claudia Bollig, and Juliane Ried
Part 3: Methods and Data
Integrating Language Needs in Disaster Research and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management through Participatory Methods
Jake Rom Cadag
Human Factors in Risk Communication:
Exploring Pilot-Controller ‘Communication Awareness’
Intralingual Translation and Cascading Crises:
Evaluating the Impact of Semi-Automation on the Readability and Comprehensibility of Health Content