What’s in an emoji? More than you think!

Unicode Emoji Standard and Research Working Group members will dive into their specialty in a webinar scheduled for Tuesday.

How Travel Can Help Preserve Endangered Languages

Find out how travel can aid in saving endangered languages through cultural immersion and support for local initiatives.

Indigenous Language Hub Faces Funding Crisis: The Vital Need for Urban...

The Victoria Native Friendship Centre (VNFC) in Canada grapples with the sudden loss of crucial funding for its Urban Indigenous Language Hub.

Typography in Translation: Three Masterpieces

There is something universal in typography. Yet, there are very few treatises on typography that are widely available in multiple languages.

Free Online Event to Highlight the World’s Endangered Scripts

World Endangered Writing Day brings together scholars who study writing with community activists who are trying to revive their cultures.

TIME Applauds Language-Related Innovations from Meta, Duolingo, and LEGO

TIME Magazine recognized three language-industry products in its “Best Inventions of 2023” list, underscoring the importance of multilingual communication, accessibility, and inclusion in today’s globalized world.

Literary Nobel Prize Spotlights Language Preservation

The Swedish Academy has awarded the 2023 Nobel Prize in Literature to author Jon Fosse who uses Norway's minority written standard.

Celebrating Indigenous languages on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous...

Today marks the 29th International Day of the World's Indigenous People since the United Nations voted to celebrate the day back in the mid-1990s.

How AI is changing the way we study languages

On July 25, Columbia professor and New York Times columnist John McWhorter presented readers with an interesting and provocative — perhaps overtly so — question: “Will translation...

The Week in Review: July 7, 2023

Kiswahili is spoken by more than 200 million people worldwide.  Today, we celebrate those speakers and their language: Since 2021, UNESCO has recognized July 7...

Gender-inclusive writing: A unifying force

In Canada, the federal government is committed to supporting inclusivity in written documents within the public service.

The Week in Review: June 30, 2023

Language learning is tough. But maybe ChatGPT can make it easier. At least that’s what some language learners and app developers are trying to see....

The Week in Review: June 16, 2023

This week, the European Union (EU) announced that its translation unit will be using machine translation to translate press materials more rapidly. Read more...

The Week in Review: June 9, 2023

It was bound to happen at some point. After using ChatGPT irresponsibly, a lawyer could face sanctions, pending a judge’s review. Though OpenAI itself warns...

The Week in Review: June 2, 2023

This week was a big one for generative AI and large language models. Bloomberg is predicting that the artificial intelligence (AI) market will grow to...

Celebrating the next generation of language professionals: The MIIS Class of...

Around this time of year, it’s not a rare sight to see folks in a cap and gown posing for a photo shoot. That’s because...

The Week in Review: May 19, 2023

Privacy concerns have plagued large language models (LLMs) and generative AI tools for quite a while now — Apple even banned its employees from using...

The Week in Review: May 12, 2023

A couple of days after Columbia University awarded the Pulitzer Prize, another, more translation-centric literary award was being granted: The French-American Foundation’s 2023 Translation...

The Week in Review: May 5, 2023

If this first week of May is any indicator of how the rest of the month will be, it looks like it’s going to...

The Week in Review: April 28, 2023

If you enjoyed our November 2022 exploration of the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, then this first story on our radar is for you: a team of...

Researchers launch Grambank, shed light on language loss

You’ve likely heard the oft-cited statistic that one language dies every 40 days — a study published earlier this month aims to shed some...

The presence of Catalan in language learning apps

Catalan, my language, is again in a sadly paradoxical situation. While it is spoken by 10 million people in the world, is native in parts of four European states, and is the only language with official status in Andorra —which means it is recognized by the United Nations— it suffers discrimination that is difficult to understand either in qualitative or quantitative terms.

The Week in Review: April 21, 2023

Over the next five years, Taiwan plans to put nearly $1 billion toward English education in the country. It’s a pretty hefty sum of...

Finding New Words: Trust building starts with clear communication

One of the most influential ways to invest in the currency of trust is through your language. Communication is our most powerful and persuasive tool; we must choose words carefully. Words offer context and communicate unique perspectives, giving insight into what you see, feel, or think.