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How Computers Parse the Ambiguity of Everyday Language

Jul 07, 2018

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 …

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Family separations bring call for rare language interpreters

Jul 07, 2018

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 …

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How to avoid burnout as a freelance translator

Jul 07, 2018

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 …

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

Jul 07, 2018

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 …

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On-strike European Parliament Interpreters Summoned Back to Duty

Jul 07, 2018

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 …

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A Sneaky Theory of Where Language Came From

Jul 07, 2018

A Sneaky Theory of Where Language Came From
“[Dietrich Stout’s] research suggests that producing complex tools spurred an increase in brain size and other aspects of hominin evolution, including—perhaps—the emergence of language.”
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Native Language Schools Are Taking Back Education

Jun 24, 2018

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 …

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

Jun 24, 2018

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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Deng Xiaoping’s interpreter, valuable eyewitness to China’s four decades of reform and opening-up

Jun 24, 2018

Deng Xiaoping’s interpreter, valuable eyewitness to China’s four decades of reform and opening-up
“Chen [Feng] said that Deng spoke with a strong Sichuan accent using words or phrases that were very innovative and groundbreaking. He often put forward new …

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The two really important people at the summit (beside Trump and Kim)

Jun 24, 2018

The two really important people at the summit (beside Trump and Kim)
“What a crucial job they had. Interpreting at the diplomatic level can be the difference between finding peace or causing an international incident. Every word uttered by …

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