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Translation Memory Software: Bridging Multilingual Gaps

Translation Memory Software: Bridging Multilingual Gaps | Metaglossia: The Translation World | Scoop.it
Translation of any text written in one language into another has been carried down by bilingual experts specialized in the topics.
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La ULL e Isla Forum organizan una Jornada de Mediación Lingüística para la Cohesión Social — La Voz de Tenerife | Diario Digital de Canarias | Noticias y actualidad de Canarias, Tenerife, Gran Cana...

La ULL e Isla Forum organizan una Jornada de Mediación Lingüística para la Cohesión Social — La Voz de Tenerife | Diario Digital de Canarias | Noticias y actualidad de Canarias, Tenerife, Gran Cana... | Metaglossia: The Translation World | Scoop.it

Isla Forum y la Universidad de la Laguna, a través de su título de postgrado Experto Universitario en Traducción e Interpretación para los Servicios Comunitarios, celebran una jornada que plantea a la mediación lingüística como un instrumento para la cohesión social.

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Proceso » Élmer Mendoza, a la Academia Mexicana de la Lengua

Proceso » Élmer Mendoza, a la Academia Mexicana de la Lengua | Metaglossia: The Translation World | Scoop.it

La Academia Mexicana de la Lengua, fundada con el nombre original de Academia Mexicana Correspondiente de la Española, inició sus trabajos en 1875 con el fin de contribuir en la construcción de la identidad lingüística de los mexicanos.

Desde ese año opera su sitio www.academia.org.mx, que ofrece información institucional y obras de consulta lingüística en línea, de acceso gratuito.

La Academia ha contado entre sus integrantes a los más ilustres escritores, lingüistas y estudiosos del país: filólogos, gramáticos, filósofos, ensayistas, poetas y novelistas, así como comunicólogos y jurisconsultos, dramaturgos e historiadores, humanistas y científicos.

Entre los trabajos y publicaciones de la Academia Mexicana de la Lengua destacan el Índice de mexicanismos (1997), el Diccionario breve de mexicanismos (2001) y el Refranero mexicano (2004).

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On annual World Book Day, UN stresses importance of translation

On annual World Book Day, UN stresses importance of translation | Metaglossia: The Translation World | Scoop.it
Marking World Book and Copyright Day, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today highlighted the importance of translation to ensuring that everyone has access to the tremendous potential of books.
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CSOFT to Present at TAUS Asia Translation Summit April 24-25, 2012 | SYS-CON MEDIA

CSOFT to Present at TAUS Asia Translation Summit April 24-25, 2012 | SYS-CON MEDIA | Metaglossia: The Translation World | Scoop.it
SYS-CON Media, NJ, The world's leading i-technology media company on breaking technology news.
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Shakespeare's universal appeal examined - Lifestyle - DNA

Britain's greatest playwright has been embraced by every age and every nation. On the anniversary of the Bard's birth and death, Jonathan Bate explains why the world has claimed him for its own.
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'Game of Thrones' linguist: How to create a language from scratch – What's Next - CNN.com Blogs

Editor's Note: David Peterson is the creator of the Dothraki language used in the HBO show 'Game of Thrones.' Peterson also is a member of the Language Creation Society.
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Futurity.org – Nematodes ‘speak’ a universal language

Futurity.org – Nematodes ‘speak’ a universal language | Metaglossia: The Translation World | Scoop.it

All animals seem to have ways of exchanging information—monkeys vocalize complex messages, ants create scent trails to food, and fireflies light up their bellies to attract mates. Yet, despite the fact that nematodes, or roundworms, are among the most abundant animals on the planet, little has been known about the way they network.
Previous research had recently shown that a much-studied nematode, Caenorhabditis elegans, uses certain chemical signals to trade data. What was unknown was whether other worms of the same phylum “talk” to one another in similar ways.

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Less thinking biases in a foreign tongue

Less thinking biases in a foreign tongue | Metaglossia: The Translation World | Scoop.it
A fascinating study just published in Psychological Science has found that solving problems in a foreign language reduces cognitive biases. The Foreign-Language Effect: Thinking in a Foreign Tongue...
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The Hindu : States / Tamil Nadu : “Tamil works must be translated into European languages as well”

The Hindu : States / Tamil Nadu : “Tamil works must be translated into European languages as well” | Metaglossia: The Translation World | Scoop.it

A Puducherry-born writer, translator and art critic, Indran (B.G. Rajendran), has won the Sahitya Akademi Translation Prize for 2011. He received the award for his translation of Oriya poetry (Ethara Gaan Se by Dr Manorama Biswal Mohapatra) in Tamil, titled Paravaikal Oruvaelai Thoongi Poiyrukkalaam.

Indran, now based in Chennai, has published more than 25 books in Tamil and English, which include eight collections of poetry, nine books of translations and nine books of art criticism. Indran's landmark translation of Black writings into Tamil ‘Araikul Vandha Africa Vaanam' (1982) greatly influenced Tamil writing in the 1980s. His poetry collection, ‘Syllables of Silence,' ‘Acrylic Moon,' Muppattai Nagaram, Saambal Vaarthaigal, Minthughal Parappu, and Anniyan were acclaimed by many.

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Somali translator with Turkish embassy shot dead in Mogadishu | Alshahid Network

Somali translator with Turkish embassy shot dead in Mogadishu | Alshahid Network | Metaglossia: The Translation World | Scoop.it

A local translator with the Turkish embassy in the Somali capital Mogadishu was shot dead Thursday by unidentified gunman, Somali police said.

Yusuf Sheikh Hussein Ibrahim was shot several times by a lone gunman who attacked the Turkish embassy staffer at the main junction known as K4.

“The gunman escaped the scene and was pursued by police. We hope to apprehend the culprit and will be brought before a court of law,” Abdiweli Mohamed Arale, head of the embassy security told local Shabelle Radio in Mogadishu.

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Writers' conference a bestseller

Writers' conference a bestseller | Metaglossia: The Translation World | Scoop.it
Last weekend, the Missouri Writers' Guild held a well-attended annual conference in Chesterfield. The St.
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The importance of supporting endangered languages | Fully (sic)

Yesterday on Radio Australia, Phil Kafcaloudes interviewed linguists Vaso Elefsiniotis, Simon Musgrave, and Ghil’ad Zuckerman about Australia’s endangered languages. Phil asks some tough but good questions, revolving around a central theme that I’ve heard many times before; why we should be ‘preserving’ or ‘maintaining’ these languages when no one is speaking them, to which Zuckerman in particular replies with compelling and concise answers.

They also discuss the importance of language in one’s identity, particularly for aboriginal people, the cognitive advantages of bi- and multilingualism and the huge linguistic diversity within the Australian/South-East Asian/South Pacific region.

It’s an important moral and ethical discussion and is well worth the 20 minutes.

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Celebrating the printed word

Six-year-old Amal and her several little friends clutched on to their alphabet books loudly reciting Arabic and English letters at the fourth Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF).
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Intercultural Communication Courses and Programs – UBC Continuing Studies, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Intercultural Communication Courses and Programs – UBC Continuing Studies, Vancouver, BC, Canada | Metaglossia: The Translation World | Scoop.it
Online and in-class intercultural study and diversity in the workplace courses, certificate and award of achievement programs designed especially for working adults.
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Client wants errors inserted in the final translation - Has this happened to anyone? (Business issues)

Client wants errors inserted in the final translation - Has this happened to anyone? (Business issues) | Metaglossia: The Translation World | Scoop.it
Discussion among translators, entitled: Client wants errors inserted in the final translation - Has this happened to anyone?.
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Daily Digest Commentary: Knowing Truth, Armageddon, New Translation of the Bible

Daily Digest Commentary: Knowing Truth, Armageddon, New Translation of the Bible | Metaglossia: The Translation World | Scoop.it

There was another new translation of the Bible that was just published. Each new one seems to be getting worse. This one omits angels and Christ. We will be speaking on this Sunday night on my blog talk radio show The Wise Shall Understand. You can call in with questions as the topic of Bible translations is one of the most important for the hour that we live in. The Bible is under attack from both the inside and outside. The one from in the inside is far more dangerous.

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Big Think Interview with Laurie Santos

A conversation with the director of the Comparative Cognition Laboratory at Yale University.
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Translators fight the fatal effects of the language gap | Mark Tran

Volunteers translating health messages from English into local languages are providing a vital service for NGOs and freeing up millions of extra dollars to be used for medical aid

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Spanish Is Faster Than English, But Mandarin Is Slow: Scientific American

Spanish Is Faster Than English, But Mandarin Is Slow: Scientific American | Metaglossia: The Translation World | Scoop.it

“Speakers of some languages seem to rattle away at high speed like machine-guns, while other languages sound rather slow and plodding,” wrote linguist Peter Roach in 1998. A few months ago re­searchers systematically quantified Roach’s observation and offered a sur­prising explanation. Last year, in an issue of the journal Language, François Pel­legrino and his colleagues at the Univer­sity of Lyon in France published their analysis of the speech of 59 people read­ing the same 20 texts aloud in seven languages. They found Japanese and Spanish, often described as “fast lan­guages,” clocked the greatest number of syllables per second. The “slowest” language in the set was Mandarin, followed closely by German.

But the story does not end there. The researchers also calculated the infor­mation density for the syllables of each language by comparing them with an eighth language, Vietnamese, which served as an arbitrary reference. They found that an average Spanish syllable conveys only a small quantity of infor­mation, contributing just a fragment to the overall meaning of a sentence. In contrast, an individual Mandarin sylla­ble contains a much larger quantity of information, possibly because Mandarin syllables in­clude tones. The upshot is that Spanish and Mandarin actually convey information to listeners at about the same rate. The correlation between speech rate and information density held for five out of seven of the lan­guages studied, and the researchers conjectured that, despite the diversity of languages in the world, over time they all deliver a constant rate of information, possibly tuned to the human perceptual system.

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THE USES OF “MYTHOLOGIES”

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The very title of Roland Barthes’s book “Mythologies,” which just came out in a new translation by Richard Howard and Annette Lavers, is a misnomer. There’s nothing of Sisyphus or Oedipus in the fifty-three short studies of French popular...
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Watch your language around baboons - clever beasts can 'recognise' four-letter words

Watch your language around baboons - clever beasts can 'recognise' four-letter words | Metaglossia: The Translation World | Scoop.it
In tests in Marseille, the monkeys learned to distinguish between genuine English words and ‘nonsense’ sequences of letters.
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Interpreters can cut down on medical errors

Interpreters can cut down on medical errors | Metaglossia: The Translation World | Scoop.it

A new study says medical mistakes among non-English speaking patients are twice as likely to happen when hospitals use a translator who's not a professional, like a patient's family member or a bilingual staff member.

It's a step back in time for Arelis Estevez each time she walks into a patient's room.

"When I first came to this country it was very hard because I didn't know a word of English."

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Why it is important to provide source files with a translation quote request | Argo Translation Inc

Why it is important to provide source files with a translation quote request | Argo Translation Inc | Metaglossia: The Translation World | Scoop.it
We do a lot of estimates for clients. Over 17 years we have done close to 15,000 estimates. Properly setting a budget for a client is key to setting the tone for a successful project.
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‘Oblivion,’ Héctor Abad’s Memoir, Translated From the Spanish

‘Oblivion,’ Héctor Abad’s Memoir, Translated From the Spanish | Metaglossia: The Translation World | Scoop.it
Héctor Abad Gómez was a father who nourished with love and educated with happiness, his son writes in “Oblivion.”...

Mr. Abad’s prose, in this translation by Anne McLean and Rosalind Harvey, is elastic and alive. But once in a while he’ll utter a sentence that, like a third baseman’s wild throw to first, sails into the stands and beans a civilian. One such line: “Memories are like timeless seashells scattered over a beach of oblivion.”

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