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Is language dying or evolving?

Evolution doesn’t imply improvement or progressive change towards perfection. In a straight darwinian sense, evolution means adapting to one’s environment in order to survive and endure, for the environment is ever changing, and so must we. All living creatures adapt to a constantly mutable environment, and so does language in a very organic, spontaneous and […]

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Rage Against the Machine Translation: What’s all the fuzz about?

Major corporations like Google or Amazon invest millions of dollars a year in developing machine translation (MT) technology. This could expand MT’s capabilities and its cost saving potential. But while great excitement about the productive aspect of MT can be gauged, there is a much more important investment that is being widely unattended and ignored […]

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The 1st Millennial: is the Translation Industry the next victim on the list?

Ok, so last time you had to read me whining about how the millennial generation threatens to destroy the translation industry, among many other casualties on their way to obliterating western civilization as we know it.   A tad overdramatic, I’ll give you that, but let’s face it: It was that crude tabloid-like, yellowish sensationalism, […]

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Are Millennials Killing the Translation Industry?

It’s possible that the recent trend of blaming millennials for killing everything from long-lasting relationships to entire industries might’ve been blown a bit out of proportion. Or is it really? Millennials are generally considered to belong to the generation born straight out of the early 1980s to the mid-1990s. During the past few years, a […]

Junk Translations

On our previous article we pondered about the main drivers in the translation industry (cost, time and quality) and how, as if it were affected by the force of some natural balance, one most always prevail over the other two. Translation services buyers today are usually like the March Hare in one of Lewis Carroll’s […]

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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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