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What Happened to the Letter Q in Turkish?

  When Turkey first became a democratically recognized sovereign country in the 1920s, it made some major changes that greatly affected the life and the culture of its citizens. In 1928, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the first president of Turkey decreed that the language of Turkish would be Romanized, adapting a version of the Latin alphabet […]

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The Decline of the Mother Language?

In this new entry I’d like to explore a possible change of course regarding a linguistic phenomenon as studied as it is supported. Linguistics has established, in its various branches (psycho, neuro, and socio) that children acquire the fundamentals of their main language on behalf of their family. This language was denominated, with little eloquence, […]

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Petroleum and the Use of Quote Marks

Having recently worked on several documents for clients in the petroleum industry, and in light of the new charges brought against M. Khodorkovsky, a former oil tycoon, I would like to talk about two issued related to translation: being true to the original and making the translation sound good. The slick petroleum tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky […]

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