New report on Arabic digital language resources

While the U.S. Government is recruiting madly to translate and teach Arabic or develop Arabic language automation systems, an EC funded project – NEMLAR...

Pictographic writing

For something completely different, check out the only ‘living’ pictographic language (think Mayan or Egyptian hieroglyphs) in the world today used for ritual purposes...

Visualizing language

Visual Thesaurus is a fun, for-sale tool that represents synonymy (and antonymy) relations between English words as graph displays looking like Calder mobiles of...

Language learning technology

Second language learning – a huge market if we are to believe the rare figures found here, and there - has so far been...

Good article on searching

If you want a useful overview of information retrieval from the Memex to Google, read this Ramano Rao article courtesy of Gary Price. A...

Arabic lessons

After reading Language Log’s discussion on George W. Bush’s pronounciation of the notorious Arabic place name Abu Ghraib, check out this Reuter’s report on...

Why stories about the European Commission getting lost in translation are...

Courtesy of the Financial Times, here’s the latest from Brussels on EC language and authoring management issues. The recent round of EU enlargement...

Hot air?

BlueLithium is a very new provider of online advertising technology and services. It has just launched BlueTheory which (it claims): reads a web page in...

European Union Inter-Agency Terminology Exchange

Margaret Marks has blogged progress on the project to build a “single central terminology database for all the institutions, agencies and other bodies of...

Search me

If anyone has managed to miss the ongoing search wars saga, here’s a few handy links. On the commercial front, Google is (at last)...

NLP Masters opportunity for non-Europeans

Jeff Allen has drawn attention to an International Masters in Natural Language Processing with grant, for students who have already received a BA degree...

Languages-on-the-web portal

Thanks to languagehat for news about a new mega portal called Languages on the Web. Vast array of links to what they call...

Only 300 years before intelligent searching

In a CNET.com interview, Google technology director Craig Silverstein was asked when he thought advanced artificially intelligent search (such as “search pets” or agents)...

History teaser

Further to my history blog of the other day, here’s a taster of the sort of topic threads that could be followed up in...

Financial translation event in France

The event agenda is filling up fast. Among other offerings this season in Europe, I’m told there are still 25 places left for the...

History anyone?

Henry Ford said history was bunk. James Joyce suggested history is a nightmare from which we are trying to awake. Others claim that ignorance...

Linguapax

The 10th Linguapax is being held in Barcelona May 20 – 23. This UNESCO-inspired congress is devoted to linguistic rights, language diversity, and...

True to type

True to type I read a report in Le Monde about how the French cryptologist David Naccache managed to discover an intentionally censured (blacked out)...

Killer English

You’ve probably seen the mass media coverage of the language economics of EU enlargement (€2.55 per Euro citizen a year for Community interpretation and...

Balkan language translation training

The Balkanika Foundation has <a href=”launched the first permanent school for translators of all Balkan languages in the Bulgarian town of Sevlievo.