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Old and new from India

From dictionaries to mobile phone apps, India is in the news. First the old: ExpressIndia reports that the Sanskrit to English dictionary from Deccan College Post Graduate and Research Institute in Pune is now midway through the letter “A”.  Okay, but the project began in 1948. Sanskrit-English dictionaries are available, so what is the difference...

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The Secret Language of … Elephants

The Elephant Listening Project is putting elephant sounds together with behavior to create an elephant language dictionary. CBS’s “Sixty Minutes” just ran a segment (video also available) on the central African forest elephants. The segment profiles Andrea Turkalo’s two decades of observing these elephants, and categorizing their sounds and actions. Many of the sounds are...

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Localization in 2006

IDC has offered its predictions on events and trends that will shape the IT and telecommunications markets in the year ahead in the Asia Pacific region. Amid—or rather at the end of—nine other predictions, we have 10. Service delivery models continue to morph. Service providers will no longer find it profitable to own and control...

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Language war

Translators are commonly imagined a pretty quiet bunch, a community of people sitting in front of their keyboards, day after day, worrying about how many words they’re going to be able to deliver today, where they are going to find a dictionnary for that kind of jargon, whether they should go for the mushroom or...

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Cyril’s passport

In the same On Language column, William Safire cryptically ends on considerations about passports, computers and internet. After mentioning current discussions on transliteration for administrative purposes, he claims that eanwhile, acting unilaterally, the Russian government has worked out its own plan for handling Russian names on its passports to make life simpler for immigration officials...

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