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  1. How Computers Parse the Ambiguity of Everyday Language

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    How Computers Parse the Ambiguity of Everyday Language

    “The computer system may never be perfect, since some ambiguities can’t be resolved by any kind of formal analysis. In the sentence Jane ate spaghetti with relish, does relish refer to a condiment or to enthusiastic enjoyment? The enjoyment interpretation might make more sense if you have the real-world knowledge that relish is not a typical condiment for spaghetti. But if the sentence were Jane ate the hot dog with relish, the ambiguity would be even more pronounced.”

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    THEATLANTIC.COM
    Words with multiple meanings pose a special challenge to algorithms.
  2. Family separations bring call for rare language interpreters

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    Family separations bring call for rare language interpreters

    “As word spread that the Trump administration was separating migrant families, urgent calls went out across the internet: Interpreters were needed at the U.S.-Mexico border to help immigrants understand their legal cases. But this call was not for Spanish speakers. These interpreters needed to speak the lesser-known indigenous languages of Guatemala and Mexico, including Mayan languages and Zapotec.”

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    APNEWS.COM
    PHOENIX (AP) — As word spread that the Trump administration was separating migrant families, urgent calls went out across the internet: Interpreters were needed at the U.S.-Mexico
  3. How to avoid burnout as a freelance translator

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    How to avoid burnout as a freelance translator

    “The reasons that cause burnout for freelance translators, and small business owners in general, are diverse. The term ‘work fatigue’ is also used to describe the situation when we feel we have given our job too much space in our life and mindset. Some of the symptoms of burnout for freelancers include among others” Read on—

    METAPHRASING.WORDPRESS.COM
    Or as a freelance business owner. This post title should come with a question mark at the end. Burnout has so many forms and can affect you in so many ways that you are never really ready to deal w…
  4. I am raising my daughter to speak three languages. A stranger demanded I ‘speak English’ to her

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    I am raising my daughter to speak three languages. A stranger demanded I ‘speak English’ to her

    “Then she asked how well my daughter could know any of her languages—to which I replied, smiling, ‘You would be surprised.’ That evening, with a mix of emotions, I described the encounter on Twitter. What came next stunned me. Within hours my first tweet went viral. It was retweeted nearly 80,000 times, ultimately reaching millions. Thousands of people across the world chimed in with their views on language, on America, on identity and culture.”

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    LATIMES.COM
    A woman at the park commanded me to speak English to my daughter. “You’re confusing the poor girl.” Little did she know my child is trilingual and also learning a fourth language.
  5. On-strike European Parliament Interpreters Summoned Back to Duty

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    On-strike European Parliament Interpreters Summoned Back to Duty

    “As many as 60 interpreters were planning on taking strike action to protest the change to working conditions, but were requisitioned, i.e. called back to work, by EP management. The move to requisition on-strike interpreters has further angered interpreters and has been called ‘unacceptable’ by some MEPs.”

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    SLATOR.COM
    The interpreter strikes planned in the wake of changes to working conditions at the European Parliament (EP) are being curtailed and interpreters called back to duty in a move that MEPs are deeming “unacceptable”.
  6. Native Language Schools Are Taking Back Education

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    Native Language Schools Are Taking Back Education

    “A movement to revitalize tribal languages is underway. The success of ‘Aha Pūnana Leo and promise of Mukayuhsak Weekuw are examples of communities taking education into their own hands. When Native American students are taught in their own language and culture, they succeed.”

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    INTERCONTINENTALCRY.ORG
    For more than 150 years, the Wôpanâak language was silent. With no fluent speakers alive, the language of the Mashpee Wampanoag people existed only in historical documents. It was by all measures extinct. But a recently established language school on the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s reservation in …
  7. Disney’s ‘Moana’ debuts in Olelo Hawaii at star-studded premiere

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    Disney’s ‘Moana’ debuts in Olelo Hawaii at star-studded premiere

    “It’s the first time a Disney movie has ever been re-recorded in Native Hawaiian….The cast also includes 24 Hawaiian-language speaking actors and singers from local communities.”

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    HAWAIINEWSNOW.COM
    The Polynesian-themed Disney hit is making its worldwide debut — again. Only this time, everything is in the Hawaiian language.