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Translating Microbes: the Future of Automatic Translation?

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In the sci-fi series Farscape, beings from different planets could communicate amongst one another by consuming “translating microbes” which allowed them to understand other languages. Might we one day see something along these lines? Currently, various companies specializing in the area are developing the future of machine translation. What advances might we expect in this […]

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Translating into Moldovan or Romanian?

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Romanian is an Indo-European language that belongs to the eastern group of the Romance languages, being the least-known of the Latin languages, coming in at fifth place in terms of number of speakers behind Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. Many people in Serbia, Bulgaria and Ukraine speak it and it is estimated that there are […]

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The New Languages of the 21st Century

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Can you imagine having a conversation in Elvish with the supermarket cashier in the not-so-distant future? Or going to buy cigarettes from the convenience store clerk in Klingon? For years the languages created in literature, film and TV were reproduced solely by a limited amount of hardcore fans. However, these days the languages such as […]

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On Linguistic Landscape

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In a previous post we dealt with the issue of multilingualism and the consequences it has in people’s lives. That article made reference to the oral aspect of the coexistence of several languages in a single place, but it did not delve into what happens with signs in public spaces. This phenomenon is known as […]

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