Articles for Language advocacy

“A poem a day”, 365 poems in 34 languages by 279 poets: a tribute to the many languages of India

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village Sampooran Singh Kalra (b.1934), known as Gulzar, is an Indian lyricist, poet, author, screenwriter, and film director. His anthology of 365 poems, one for every day of the year, has just been published by Harper and Collins. He describes it ...

Should the “Académie française” continue to safeguard the French language’s antiquated purity or try to instill new life into it?

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village The members of the Académie française are referred to as "the Immortals". Many French-speaking linguists who respect the talent and authority of the Académie and use Le Dictionnaire de l'Académie française will occasionally refer to the Immortals as "dinosaurs", says ...

The key role of translation in ensuring that life-saving Covid-19 information reaches minority language communities within countries

Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village Never before has translation been as important as during the current coronavirus pandemic. Understanding relevant medical terms is vital at all times but all the more so during a global health crisis, where compliance to containment measures is critical in order ...