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Google Translate is a manifestation of Wittgenstein’s theory of language

Google Translate is a manifestation of Wittgenstein’s theory of language

by Pisana Ferrari - cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village

 

The key connection between AI and philosophy of language has, up to now, been "overlooked and undercelebrated", says the author of this article. Google Translate, in particular, provides a concrete example of Ludwig Wittgenstein's theories. ... Read more >

US language education community advocates for government support

US language education community advocates for government support

by Pisana Ferrari - cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village

 

"When something is a national priority, like language education, it transcends party lines and politics; language is non-partisan because of the positive impact it has on ALL individuals." So reads the announcement for the 2019 ... Read more >

Want to boost Maths? Bring in more female teachers…

Want to boost Maths? Bring in more female teachers…

by Pisana Ferrari - cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village

 

Results from the latest "Trends in Mathematics and Science Study" (TIMMS), run by the IEA For Education, have revealed a correlation between confidence in a subject and performance, and that lack of confidence could put a ... Read more >

Emoji as a useful precursor of reading for pre-school children

Emoji as a useful precursor of reading for pre-school children

by Pisana Ferrari - cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village

 

Emoji might be a useful precursor to reading for children, says Wired's Resident Linguist Gretchen McCulloch. She first raised the issue in a Tweet post in late 2018, which generated over 400 reader interactions. "By ... Read more >

Our team about celebrating the New Year: a matter of cultural adaptation

Our team about celebrating the New Year: a matter of cultural adaptation

Asking members of the cApStAn team to share their traditions for the New Year yielded some fun contributions. To start with, many pointed out, the New Year is not on the same date everywhere: according to the Orthodox Church Julian calendar, for example, the last day of the year is ... Read more >

Addressing the mismatch between children’s job aspirations and the labour market demand

Addressing the mismatch between children’s job aspirations and the labour market demand

by Pisana Ferrari - cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village

 

A joint report by the OECD and the UK-based charity "Education and Employers" was presented in Davos at the World Economic Forum 2019 on January the 23rd. The report is inspired by a survey of ... Read more >

Are existing languages too “patriarchal” to adequately express the feelings of women?

Are existing languages too “patriarchal” to adequately express the feelings of women?

by Pisana Ferrari - cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village

 

For her dystopian novel "Native Tongue", about a future America where women are legally subject to men in every way, linguist Suzette Haden Elgin created Láadan, a language in which the focus is on words that efficiently describe ... Read more >

The language imbalance and “lopsided geography” of Wikipedia

The language imbalance and “lopsided geography” of Wikipedia

by Pisana Ferrari - cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village

 

Thanks to a recent agreement between the two companies, Google will provide machine translation (MT) support for over 100 languages on Wikipedia, 15 of which were not served earlier, including Hausa, Kurdish (Kurmanji), Yoruba, and ... Read more >

In South Africa a new movement seeks to “decolonise” the teaching of mathematics

In South Africa a new movement seeks to “decolonise” the teaching of mathematics

by Pisana Ferrari - cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village

 

Unlike the arts and humanities, mathematics is generally understood to be universal and objective. Not so for the students and academics leading the process of "decolonization" across S. African universities, ... Read more >

Language or dialect? Making the case for “perception” as one of the defining criteria

Language or dialect? Making the case for “perception” as one of the defining criteria

by Pisana Ferrari - cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village

 

Linguist and author Søren Wichmann, from Leiden University,  provides interesting insights into what defines a language in a recent article for The Wire. (1) From a political standpoint a language may simply be "that which ... Read more >