Articles for Languages/Linguistic curiosities

Using linguistic quality evaluation to drive revenue

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village Webinar hosted by CITLoB with Steve Dept and Sandeep Nulkar, 7.1.2021 “Quality is the most used word in our industry but it is one thing to say you provide quality translation, it’s another to say you can actually measure it”. ...

Exophonic writing offers authors the chance “to cloak themselves in a different language, and thereby culture”

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village Exophony is the practice of writing in a language that is not one's own. Some exophonic authors are bilingual or multilingual from their childhood years while others write in an acquired language. Although the phenomenon is not new the term ...

After centuries of “colonized” English translations of the Bhagavad Gita a Canadian scholar restores it to its original meaning

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village Hindu scholar and linguist Jeffrey Armstrong has spent the past 10 years translating and “decolonizing” the Bhagavad Gita, one of India's most famous epic poems, written 5.000 (some say 7.000) years ago. His work was published this month with the ...

Study suggests that no matter how fast or slow people speak in different languages the rate of information transfer is the same

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village Language science has focused for so long on things like grammatical complexity that information about “transfer rate” has been mostly overlooked, says evolutionary linguist François Pellegrino, from the University of Lyon, co-author of a study on this topic published in ...

Cross-cultural variations in the meaning of emotions and challenges in translation, especially when the stakes are high

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village "Does joy, by any other name, in another language, still taste as sweet, and fear still sting as bitter?" asks Marianna Pogosyan, Ph.D. lecturer in Cultural Psychology, in a recent article for Psychology Today. The article refers to a study ...

British scholar Emily Wilson’s fresh and contemporary translations of the Greek classics discussed at a recent Yale University event

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village In Emily Wilson's translations of the classics the Greek goddess Demeter has “cornrows in her hair”, Achilles is described as a “superhero”, and Odysseus, when disguised as an old, homeless man, carries a "tote bag"...(1) Wilson’s innovative approach to the ...