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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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Meet the ‘Unsung Hero’ Who Interpreted for President Trump During His 1-on-1 With Kim Jong Un

Jun 24, 2018

Meet the ‘Unsung Hero’ Who Interpreted for President Trump During His 1-on-1 With Kim Jong Un
“[Yun Hyang Lee] doesn’t try to be the star of the show, she says in the background….She’s very attuned to getting the interpretation …

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Egyptian linguist Hussein Mahmoud: ‘Translation is the best medium for dialogue between civilisations’

Jun 24, 2018

Egyptian linguist Hussein Mahmoud: ‘Translation is the best medium for dialogue between civilisations’
“Through translation, one nation can form a better mental image of another nation. Translation is like immigration but through literature…It is physically impossible for Naguib Mahfouz …

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Study Reveals Brain Activity Patterns Underlying Fluent Speech

Jun 24, 2018

Study Reveals Brain Activity Patterns Underlying Fluent Speech
“The findings, which extend previous studies on how the brain interprets the sounds of spoken language, could help guide the creation of new generation of prosthetic devices for those who are …

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Greatest Women in Translation: Jen Calleja (interview)

Jun 24, 2018

Greatest Women in Translation: Jen Calleja (interview)
“Coming from a DIY music and grassroots activism background has informed my compulsion to demystify translation and empower people to try translating who may not have thought it was—as a thing or …

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