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Prima-Lingua: The power within words

Following up on our latest article, I would like to ponder further on the idea of thinking about linguists as if they were poets, storytellers or even artificers of some sort, given the intricate nature of their craft. The so called wordsmith, as we’ve mentioned before, is someone so skilled in the art of manipulating […]

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Arrival: A Circle of Meaning and Understanding

  “At the beginning there was the circle…”   So, following up on our previous post, I’ll have to say I’m still quite inspired by some of the ideas portrayed in the movie “Arrival”, recently nominated by The Academy for best Feature Film. This time I want to focus on the fictional alien lingo and […]

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Cloud Based Translations: A Living Learning Thing?

  As time goes by, people are amassing larger and more diverse collections of digital belongings. The emergence of Cloud computing has enabled people to move their personal files to online places, creating new digital commodities through online services. However, little is known about how this shift might shape people’s orientations toward their digital possessions […]

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The Human Element

So, let’s pick it up directly where we left off: “The Diagram for Consciousness” The diagram (simplified to fit the purposes of our analogy) consists of a three step pyramid: At its base, the creator sets Memory as the first step to attaining true consciousness. Memory is indeed the first factor needed both to learn […]

“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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The Gift of Technology

According to Greek mythology, it was the Titan Prometheus himself who gave mankind the gift of fire, primordial symbol of progress and technology. From his holy spark, humanity evolved into the dominant species that has ruled the Earth to this very day. Annaud’s epic “Quest for Fire” shows us how the first primitive cavemen fought […]

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The Future of Translation: A Matter of Patterns or Delicate Craft?

As the famous Chilean translator, Marina Orellana, once said, “Translation is not transliteration, that is, the transcription of words from one language to another. (…) What really matters is to grasp the ideas and express them successfully.” If this is, indeed, the essence of translation, then the craft of the linguist would seem to resemble […]

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