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Sign Language

The three major forms of sign language used in the United States are American Sign Language (ASL), Pidgin Signed English (PSE), and Signed Exact English (SEE). While there are many similarities between the three, each follow their own rules. American Sign Language (ASL) is a visual and very graphic language. The language originated at the […]

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What Do You Know About Sign Language and the Deaf Community?

Until recently, it seems like The Miracle Worker (the story of Helen Keller), was about the first and last I came across the issue of deafness; though impressionable, this fleeting fourth grade reading requirement blurred in my memory shortly thereafter. And the reality is, I think most everyone can relate. So when I began working […]

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“Interlingua”: One language to rule them all

If you’ve read some of our previous posts, then you already know we are all about evoking apocalyptical scenarios when it comes to the role machines play in postmodern societies and the moral dilemmas posed by our ever growing dependence on technology. That, and making Kubrick film references whenever possible, of course. Well, we might […]

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Automatic Translation Blunders on Public Signs

Translations connect people and cultures around the world. Many people study languages because they would like to travel somewhere, whether near or far, and want to be able to communicate in the local language. However, this is not always the case, as many limit themselves to only studying the most widely spoken languages in order […]

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The Creation of the Dothraki Language

Ever wondered what languages the characters of Game of Thrones speak? Following the release of Game of Thrones’ latest season and my fanaticism, I began reading a bit about the featured languages spoken in the series, particularly by the Dothraki people and Daenerys Targaryen. The idea of the Dothraki language dates back to George R.R […]

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The Least Translated Language?

Those living in a big city have surely noticed the large amount of text present in the most unlikely places of the cityscape. Many of these texts are the “work” of gangs, who use graffiti as their newspaper or their bulletin board. These inscriptions mark their territory and also send clear messages to members of rival […]

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Language is a virus from outer space

So far, we (meaning I) have looked at language and translations as: – a deterrent to cultural genocide – a form of time travel – something maybe invented by God (by way of the fault of ancient Babylonians) – something constantly flowing, moving, changing, communicating actively And generally, the fact that we are, within this […]

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Languages in Infinite Space

While the SETI Institute (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) tirelessly explores the different corners of space, hoping to capture some extraterrestrial sign or transmission confirming that we are not alone in the universe, many have chosen to ask themselves the opposite question: have our broadcasts reached a planet where there is intelligent life? And if so, […]

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