Articles for Language advocacy

Children’s classics in translation can contribute to nurturing threatened languages and bringing dormant ones back to life

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village A growing movement of language activists, cultural stakeholders, and scholars across the world is seeking new ways to preserve endangered languages and bring dormant ones back to life, through everything from digital dictionaries and apps, to cultural events such as ...

Translations of low-resource languages can now be monetized and contribute to language survival

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village Adéṣínà Ayẹni is a Nigerian Yorùbá language and culture advocate, anthropological researcher and translator. Yorùbá is a language spoken in West Africa, mostly in the South-West, by ethnic Yorùbá people. Despite having an estimated 45-55 m speakers, it is still ...

“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 ...