Blogos

Don’t sleep, there’s a good book

“Don’t Sleep, There Are Snakes” is a fascinating book by Dan Everett detailing living, studying language and observing culture among the Pirahã people of the Amazon jungle. Everett, who is currently the chair of Languages, Literature and Cultures at Illinois State University, was funded by SIL to study the Pirahã language, and to translate the...

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Chinese input on the new Mac OS

Perhaps it is because the new Mac operating system is nicknamed “snow leopard.” (What’s with the cat names? Personally, I am holding out for “margay”– should be fast and small. But I digress.) The snow leopard’s habitat is mostly in China. And the new Macintosh OS (more mundanely known as OS X 10.6) has a...

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Whiffling away

Adam Jacot de Boinod brings us a blog and tweets based on his book. The Wonder of Whiffling by Adam Jocot de Boinod explores “extraordinary words in the English language.” He has now started a blog on the topic, and also tweets regularly. The blog website also has several pages of pages from the book....

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Localized Spam

Are people six times less likely to be irritated by localized spam? Perhaps you are familiar with Common Sense Advisory’s report “Can’t Read, Won’t Buy: Why Language Matters on Global Websites.” Well, it seems the spammers are on to this fact, as well. Slashdot reports that some Europeans are being targeted with automatically translated spam....

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For language learning and … other learning

Two interesting resources for those interested in learning language or expanding their grasp of a particular area of language: 1. My Language Notebook, allowing users to record, download and store segments of audio or other language feedback as they attempt to master a new language. Supposedly, this tool aids in practice, and the site allows...

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Amo Amas A-what?

You may have heard of the Pope’s recent call for a global government. Topics such as global government or the Pope often elicit all kinds of reactions. But to me, the interesting tidbit in the news was: “Filled with terms like globalization, market economy, outsourcing, labor unions and alternative energy, it is not surprising that...

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Windows 7 Internationalization

Microsoft blog entry is a nice overview of the upcoming global features of Windows 7. I am one of the many people looking forward with fingers crossed to the release of Windows 7. This entry tells us some of the new international features of the version, including more fonts for non-Latin scripts than Latin ones...

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Bowlingual 2.0

Japanese toymaker Takara Tomy has announced a new and improved version of the IgNobel-Prize-winning Bowlingual “translator” of dog-to-human communication. The device was displayed at the Tokyo Toy Fair on Thursday. (See reports from sources as diverse as Computerworld and Gizmodo.) The Gizmodo story includes aw-gee photos. Originally launched in 2002, Bowlingual allowed an owner to...

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Moving pictures: new tool claims to help build correct picto-translations

Edongba facilitates modern hieroglyph use. Zmnsoft has released a Windows application allowing users to create documents and messages using Dongba hieroglyphs, the only hieroglyphic writing system still in use today. This ancient language is used by the Naxi people of Lijiang City, in China’s Yunnan Province, and is expressed in a combination of Dongba hieroglyphs...

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Clever toolbar for translators

The folks at Qabiria have put together a handy Firefox and Internet Explorer toolbar for translators. Of course, being supplied by a consulting/translation house, the toolbar has pointers for Qabiria resources. But it also features online applications including measurement conversion, a world clock a text-to-pdf converter, bookmarks to key online language resources, specialized magazines and...

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