Articles for Languages/Linguistic curiosities

Restoring ownership of user data to users

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village   Tim Berners-Lee, credited with the invention of the world wide web, has joined forces with entrepreneur John Bruce to create a company called "Inrupt", the aim of which is to "bring resources, process and appropriate skills" to promote the ...

International Translation Day celebrates the key role of translators in connecting the world. Time now to give the profession a legal protection

by Danina Lupsa - Translation technologist and translation project manager @ cApStAn   On September 30, my young colleagues and I woke up to discover a Facebook post from our company on a topic we had never heard about: International Translation Day. It was the perfect occasion for young translation ...

Is machine translation taking over from English as the global communication language?

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village   At the recent TAUS webinar on "geo-linguistic shifts" two leading experts in the field, Lane Green and Nicholas Ostler (see bios below), discussed whether machine translation could one day replace English as the world's "lingua franca". The first TAUS ...

When the evolution of a language is driven by political dissent: the example of Chinese “hot” words

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village Mandarin Chinese comprises around 370,000 words, more than double the number of words in the Oxford English dictionary, and almost three times those in French and Russian dictionaries. “Reci”, literally translated as “hot words” are new terms that young Chinese ...

Emojis, a “developing language”?

by Pisana Ferrari - cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village Emojis are becoming increasingly popular worldwide and it is estimated that 92% of the online population is using them. Recent statistics from Facebook about the Messenger platform alone put the daily number of emojis sent as 5 billion. There is ...