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Diversity, equity and inclusion may be the real issues at stake in the debate around the Amanda Gorman translation

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village “One of the more unexpected twists of an unprecedented year is that the little-known business of literary translation has become a source of public controversy”. This is how the Los Angeles Times comments the heated debate around the translation of ...

The Four Key Moments of a Test or Survey Localization Project

Wednesday | April 14, 2021 12:00 pm CEST | 3:30 p.m. IST | 6:00 p.m. MYT/SGT REGISTER HERE International Large-Scale Assessments (ILSAs) and surveys in multinational, multiregional and multicultural contexts (3MC) have completely overhauled translation practices. New insights in why correct translations can cause unexpected response patterns have led to ...

The translation and adaptation journey of a TIMMS grade 8 science item

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village The IEA's Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) is a series of international assessments of the mathematics and science knowledge of students around the world, administered every four years. TIMSS 2019 was conducted in 64 countries and 8 ...

Romance languages are rooted in a binary vision of the world: this poses challenges for educators seeking to create a more inclusive environment in the classroom

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village In languages like Spanish, French and Italian people, objects, adjectives, and articles are either male or female. In English, the discussion around “gender neutral” language focuses on pronouns; in Romance languages it is more complicated, says poet, translator and academic ...

What are “intervention categories” and how can revisers use them to improve translation quality?

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village How do you define “translation quality”? How can it be measured? In a recent live webinar cApStAn’s CEO Steve Dept explained how “intervention categories” used in a translation verification process can help report on translation quality in a standardized way ...

Do Trained Interviewers Follow Their Script? Reports from Zedland

by Steve Dept, cApStAn CEO In multilingual surveys, numerous factors may contribute to — or compromise — data comparability across countries, across cultures and across languages. Upstream quality assurance work may include cognitive labs, piloting and a translatability assessment. A sophisticated team translation design can be used to minimize item ...

How can you create culturally fair content for tests and surveys?

by Marielle Lerner - Localization Specialist Lost in adaptation If you are involved with the production of international surveys or assessments, you have likely observed the “lost in translation” phenomenon in action. On the other hand, you may have never heard the expression “lost in adaptation”, something that we at ...

A new wave of exophonic writers with a migration background is reshaping and enriching the language of their country of adoption

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village The term “exophony”, which is the practice of writing in a language that is not one’s own, is quite recent. It was introduced to cultural and literary circles in 2007 by linguists Prof. Dr. Susan Arndt, Dr. Dirk Naguschewski and ...