Review: IU linguistics students translate COVID-19 materials

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Review: IU linguistics students translate COVID-19 materials

Review: IU linguistics students translate COVID-19 materials

This news article highlights the importance of translating essential information about COVID-19 into languages that refugees living in Indiana can understand.

More than 25,000 Burmese refugees live in Indiana (19,000 in Indianapolis alone), and most do not speak or read English. With the health threat of COVID-19 affecting all Hoosiers, it is imperative that everyone in the state have access to reliable information, such as preventive measures. Since Governor Holcomb issued a stay-at-home order on March 23, many refugees have been left wondering what they are to do. A group of undergraduate and graduate students at Indiana University who had been previously translating census information into Hakha Lai, a language used for communication between groups who do not share a native language in Chin State, are now translating written materials about COVID-19 from the Indiana State Department of Health and the World Health Organization. Their group, Chin Languages Research Team, is translating both scholarly and practical resources and have made them available on a website for all Burmese refugees to access.

|2020-05-04T16:19:19-04:00April 24th, 2020|COVID-19 Literature|Comments Off on Review: IU linguistics students translate COVID-19 materials

About the Author: Maria Brann

Maria Brann
Dr. Maria Brann, PhD, MPH, is a professor in the Department of Communication Studies in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI and affiliate faculty with the Injury Control Research Center at West Virginia University. She explores the integration of health, interpersonal, and gender communication. Her translational focus and mixed methods approach are woven throughout her health vulnerabilities research, which advocates for more effective communication to improve people’s health and safety. Her primary research interests focus on the study of women’s and ethical issues in health communication contexts and promotion of healthy lifestyle behaviors to improve personal and public health and safety. She researches communication at both the micro and macro levels and studies how communication influences relationships among individuals and with the social world.

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