[Lingtyp] Announcement – virALLanguages: Coronavirus explained in marginalized languages

pierpaolo di carlo pierpaol at buffalo.edu
Fri Apr 17 10:41:16 UTC 2020

[Apologies for cross-posting]

COVID-19 is spreading across the world and is and will be reaching the most
vulnerable communities without access to trusted reliable information and
health care. Information about COVID-19 is being translated into many of
the world’s languages, but additional efforts are needed so that accurate
and verified information reaches, and is trusted by, people speaking
marginalized languages. Only in this way can they protect themselves and
their communities. This is what the virALLanguages project aims to do.

The project is being successfully piloted in several communities in
Cameroon, and we hope the materials, technical assistance and workflow
provided by virALLanguages will be valuable for many other parts of the
world. Project outputs can be seen on our Youtube channel (
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJSKV76ziOi5XeOxMgVWLUg/videos) and
Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/virallanguages).

We welcome cooperation with any interested partner. In particular, we are
looking for people who can either lead efforts to translate key information
into specific languages or are willing to help coordinate at a regional

virALLanguages is a volunteer-run initiative launched by a group of
linguists, anthropologists, and activists coming from or working with local
community members and in consultation with experts in public health.

For more information, please visit http://virallanguages.org.
If you want to get in touch with us with specific questions, please send an
email to virallanguages at gmail.com.
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