English into 3D

In a previous speculative blog, I suggested that text to visual 3D ‘translation’ might one day enhance our access to content. This report from...

The Linguistic Service Sector Between Rhetoric and Reality

It is crucial to abandon a falsely optimistic narrative often used for marketing purposes. While the linguistic sector might have a bright future, the benefits will not be evenly distributed.

The non-localizable language

Watching a documentary on the practice of rumspringa (“running around,” sometimes also referring to the whole period of adolescence), when 16-year-old Amish kids release...

Mapping endangered languages

UNESCO has released a new “Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger”. Following the end of the International Year of Languages (2008) and International Mother...

How to Create a Realistic Language Access Plan

Here’s what you need to know about legal rights afforded to consumers and the factors you should consider in putting together a language access plan.

Bengal Bill

The Bengal Observer reports that Bill Clinton’s My Life is being published today in Bengali, the language of Bangladesh. Interestingly the report says: The...

Word of the day

“A.Word.A.Day” is “a worldwide online community of some half-million readers who share a love for words, wordplay, language, and literature.” The selected words may...

Mental Acculturation

The world flattens by means of technology, brand names, and apparently even psychology, according to the New York Times:  "Behind the promotion of Western ideas...

Language — what we have in common?

Once thought of differentiator between humans and other animals, perhaps we are now learning that language is something we have in common. The New York...