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‘Brexit’: A Linguistic Guide

Dec 11, 2017

‘Brexit’: A Linguistic Guide
“Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, known as Brexit, has brought a multitude of challenges, and now it seems to be testing the limits of the English language. Clever wording, what diplomats describe as constructive …

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Lost in Translation? Pope Ponders an Update to Lord’s Prayer

Dec 11, 2017

Lost in Translation? Pope Ponders an Update to Lord’s Prayer
“It has been a question of theological debate and liturgical interpretation for years, and now Pope Francis has joined the discussion: Does the Lord’s Prayer, Christendom’s resonant petition to …

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Brains of Bilingual People Solve Math Problems Differently

Dec 11, 2017

Brains of Bilingual People Solve Math Problems Differently
“For anyone who’s breezed through literature class yet struggled with algebra, it may surprise you that language and math skills are more closely intertwined than you might think. Scientists from the …

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Google Pixel Buds vs. professional interpreters: Which is more accurate?

Dec 11, 2017

Google Pixel Buds vs. professional interpreters: Which is more accurate?
“We brought in conference interpreters Lana Ayad and Marina Ivanova to have them judge the accuracy of the Pixel Buds’ real-time translations in three languages—Arabic, French, and Russian—and the results …

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“Full understand”: The new language of the Lesvos refugee camp

Dec 11, 2017

“Full understand”: The new language of the Lesvos refugee camp
“[I]n the crucible of the overcrowded detention centre at Moria, English is undergoing an accelerated evolution, tentatively beginning to develop its own unique grammar and idiom. My six months …

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How Long to Learn That Language? Here’s a Map for That

Dec 11, 2017

How Long to Learn That Language? Here’s a Map for That
“For English-speakers, Romanian is easier to learn than German. And you’ll be speaking Russian sooner than Hungarian. How is that? Because the Foreign Service Institute says so….The Institute …

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Thinking in a foreign language, we’re less prone to superstition

Dec 11, 2017

Thinking in a foreign language, we’re less prone to superstition
“Operating in our second language can have some intriguing psychological effects. We swear more freely and linger longer on embarrassing topics than normal. We’re also less susceptible to cognitive …

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Life as a Bilingual—When Bilinguals Borrow from One Language to Another

Dec 11, 2017

Life as a Bilingual—When Bilinguals Borrow from One Language to Another
“Many bilinguals borrow words from different languages. Dr. Shana Poplack, an expert on this phenomenon and the author of ‘Borrowing,’ tells us how this takes place.”
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Machine Translation vs. Human Translation

Dec 02, 2017

Machine Translation vs. Human Translation
“Can Machine Translation (MT) replace human translators? A growing tendency in government to seek MT solutions as opposed to human translation, most often driven by cost-saving motives and ill-informed understandings of the translation process, …

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Approval of California Health Care Bill to Boost Interpretation Services

Dec 02, 2017

Approval of California Health Care Bill to Boost Interpretation Services
“A new bill in California makes additional provisions for health care language assistance services in a move that looks set to increase access to services and improve the quality …

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