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Language alliance launched to boost GBA development

Recently, the Alliance for Construction of Language Life and Language Service in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) was officially established online in Guangzhou.

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The alliance is jointly launched by 33 educational and research institutions and enterprises in the field of linguistics, including Guangzhou University, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, University of Macau, iFLYTEK, and Hong Kong Language Research Center.

Based on the language situation of GBA, the alliance gives full play to its rich language resources and location advantages and is expected to found a language community by bringing together the wisdom of linguistic researchers, educators, and people in language professions.

At the inauguration ceremony, the alliance annouced its five main tasks, which are setting up an academic exchange platform, supporting the publication of research results, organizing special investigations, developing language resources, and cooperating in cultivating language talent.

Language platform offers abundant resources and services

The National Language Resource Service Platform (http://fw.ywky.edu.cn/) was also launched at the same time, bringing together nearly 100 high-quality language resources and services.

The services collected on the platform focus on practical social needs and cover public language resources such as language education, language culture, language translation, and language technology.

Among them, the language translation service provides Chinese-English mutual translation comparison of domestic authoritative machine translation platforms such as Youdao, Baidu, and Tencent. It innovatively uses "back-translation rate" as an index to measure translation quality, that is, the translation result is back-translated to the source language and compared with the content being translated. This service is jointly developed by Beijing Language and Culture University, Youdao, Baidu, Tencent and other enterprises.

In response to various public emergencies such as multilingual epidemic prevention information and fire safety knowledge, the emergency language service provides translation in foreign languages, national common language, sign language, and Braille.

Author: Ariel

Editor: Wing, Steven, Monica, Jerry

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