LINGUIST List 31.2489

Thu Aug 06 2020

FYI: Translation Initiative for COVID-19

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 06-Aug-2020
From: Antonis Anastasopoulos <>
Subject: Translation Initiative for COVID-19
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The Translation Initiative for COVID-19 (TICO-19), is a consortium that aims to help enable the translation of COVID-19 related content in a wide range of languages, including very low-resource languages. We recently released a set of corpora including translations into 37 different languages,, described in this paper:

We make a public call for community contributions to the TICO-19 project.

- You can contribute by translating the TICO-19 benchmark in more languages. Ideally, the benchmark will grow to cover as many of the world's languages as possible! However, we note that a large portion of the benchmark includes medical terminology which is important to accurately translate. Thus, we strongly encourage that professional translators handle the technical content, and that you follow a rigorous process of Quality Assurance (e.g. a process similar to the one described in our paper) over the produced translations. Reach out to us and we will be glad to provide details on our QA process.
- If you are a professional translator and have already produced COVID-19 related content, you can share your translation memory and we will combine and release it with ours. Similarly, if you have compiled terminologies with COVID-19 terms, or if you find errors in our published terminologies, reach out and we will update them accordingly.
- You can volunteer with Translators without Borders (TWB) if you are fluent in at least one language other than your native language. Whether you are interested in translating medical texts or translating for crisis response, there are engaging projects available to suit all preferences. Professional translators are especially encouraged to apply. Click here to complete the Translator Application Form.

All community contributions will be properly acknowledged and labeled as such.

On behalf of the TICO-19 partners,
Antonis Anastasopoulos

Linguistic Field(s): Translation

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