Tag: Linguistics

03 Apr 2009
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Word of the day: abecedary

Encountered: Words Without Borders newsletter, discussing a book by Bernardo Atxaga entitled ‘A Surprising Tale in the Form of an Alphabet’ (translated from Spanish by Margaret Jull Costa. Word in context: “Bernardo Atxaga’s ‘s abecedary of war starts with a malevolent flower and ends with the ultimate solution” Definitions: Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913): Abecedary […]

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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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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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