Kodiak Island native and Alutiiq language advocate Alisha Drabek, discusses how language connects communities and carries forward ancestral wisdom.
In writing, as in conversation, an economical use of words is not always what we want – Bergen Evans Redundancy has a poor reputation in writing and editing. Its modern linguistic sense – which I t…
The refugees fleeing the turmoil in the Middle East lack a lot of things, even basic necessities. One vital, often overlooked unmet need is access to translation help. Without it, refugees and migrants can't communicate effectively with authorities and aid workers. The resulting communication barriers are further inflaming an already tense situation. For example, in this article from 09 September, Hungarian police try to control a crowd of desperate refugees, but there is only one interpreter available in the entire train station: 'Police officers, in one horizontal line, rushed toward the crowd of refugees, blocking them from getting through. In
Ludwig Wittgenstein, in his Blue Book, chastised philosophers for what he called “our craving for generality.” Philosophers (including the earlier Wittgenstein of the Tractatus) certainly have exhibited this craving, and despite his admonishment, we continue to do so.
How to respond to negative translation feedback and use it as an opportunity for personal and professional growth.
I must confess, I have a love–hate relationship with games localization!
Someone recently asked me if I knew another word for entertaining. “What’s the context?” I replied, wondering if the writer was looking for an adjective like enjoyable or interesting or a gerund like wining and dining or possibly even a verb like pondering. “Use it in a sentence.” “Never mind,” she said, “I’ll just use the thesaurus button.” The what?
Our accent says a lot about our identity, but can also make us prone to stereotypes. As a result, many people want to change theirs – but how hard is it, and does it ever help?
The awkward case of 'his or her'
I've been quieter than I'd like to be on this blog, but things have been a bit crazy-hectic- mad getting ready for the release of The Prod...
“Perfection of means and confusion of goals seem — in my opinion — to characterize our age.”
By Ben Karl When I tell other translators what language pairs I work in, I inevitably get one of several reactions: wow, those are so different! That’s impressive, where did you learn that second o…
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Some examples of famous translation mistakes. They have the potential to be either simply humorous or truly damaging to a company’s brand.
The word has its origins beyond the gates of, gulp, hell.
Sound echoing within caves may have also influenced what early humans put on rock walls.
A natural language is a communication system that spontaneously arises among individuals. Natural languages, then, have not been designed by anyone. They appear naturally, as their name suggests. So what is a constructed language? Well, constructed languages are created by humans with a specific objective in mind. Depending on these objectives, artificial languages can be categorized+ Read More
Why Natalie Portman’s accent in Jackie is spot-on, even though it may sound odd to many people.
Should we ignore Strunk and White's “The Elements of Style”?