Tag: Culture

09 Mar 2009
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Guest post: Lost in Romance – translating language differences to the wider world

optical communicationIn a first for this blog, I’m publishing a guest post written by Paul Sawers of translation company Lingo24. Paul talks about the joys of the Romance language family and Lingo24’s experience of working with them, in particular the importance of localisation and explaining the finer points of these languages to uninitiated clients. I […]

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25 Feb 2009
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We’re all tweeting nuts

Traditional media in the UK seem to be working themselves up into a frenzy over social media websites lately, and Twitter in particular. It’s almost like they just realised that the internet exists beyond Web 1.0. Disappointingly, almost without exception they woefully misunderstand Twitter even more than other social media tools, which they more or […]

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11 Jan 2009
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Should we give ‘la jeune maman’ a break?

…Or not, as the case may be, given French justice minister Rachida Dati’s recent decision to take an incredibly short maternity leave. A debate is currently raging across the British media concerning this news story, and the wider issue of new mums of all ages and social statuses who for whatever reason decide to return […]

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12 Nov 2008
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Amazon launches literature in translation store

Last week Amazon.co.uk launched its new ‘literature in translation’ store. It’s very difficult to find the store when browsing through Amazon’s website, but here’s a direct link to it: http://tinyurl.com/5kbue3 This is the blurb from the site: Welcome to our ???? ??? ????Literature in Translation store. Browse here for great deals on top fiction from […]

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08 Nov 2008
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Recommended listening (and reading)

One for linguistics enthusiasts: a truly fascinating interview today on Excess Baggage travel program with Daniel Everett, Chair of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Illinois State University, US. Everett travelled to the Brazilian Amazon to live with the Piraha people, and In this interview he shares his experiences of living with the Pirahas and what […]

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14 Aug 2008
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The changing face of America

Surprising news today from the US Census Bureau that Hispanics will account for 30% of the US population by 2050, a twofold increase. According BBC News: White people of European descent will no longer make up a majority of the US population by the year 2042 – eight years sooner than previous estimates. What will […]

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15 Jul 2008
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Is ‘text speak’ really so bad?

Linguistic doom-mongers frequently lament the demise of the English language, complaining that standards are just not what they used to be, that kids these days simply don’t have a grasp of how to use language correctly, lack creativity, etc., etc. Human nature appears to have a natural tendency to assume that things gradually get worse, […]

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