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Google and Language Interpretation for Cell Phones

The Times recently reported that Google is looking to progress in its voice technology for cell phones. The company is developing a software that will be able to translate almost instantly on cell phones. This technology would incorporate Google’s ASR (Automatic Speech Recognition) to convert the spoken words into text, translate it, and then reconvert […]

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The Importance of Language in Diplomacy

The United States government has a high demand for linguists. President Obama’s administration is looking to put more emphasis on diplomacy through more effective multilingual communication in all areas: intelligence, defense, State Department agencies, etc. The ILR (Interagency Language Roundtable) was created and includes several agencies of the State Department. Its main focus will be […]

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The Importance of Language on Websites

As I was searching for something on the Internet, I came across a very interesting point that brings up a topic of great importance for us today. “If I can’t read it, I’m not buying it”. This is something often heard from people who are trying to make purchases online. A lot of companies have […]

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Why Human Translators Still Have a Job

Humans and machines don’t always get along: the former are often envious of the latter’s ability to perform tasks with greater efficiency, consistency, and more precise results.  The antagonistic sentiments which many people have harbored for machines stretch back many years, and in particular any time machines or technology in general have displaced human workers, […]

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New Language Toy (Wordnik)

I was sent over to Wordnik.com yesterday and all productive plans I had were immediately dashed and replaced with “let’s see what it says about this word…” Wordnik’s purpose is to display all working knowledge, centered around the definition, etymology, and usage examples, but also providing information such as statistics and associated images, of just […]

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Language Change and Technology

Following up on my last blog, it is worth discussing another important cause of language change: technology. While technological innovation and dissemination have always influenced language change, some speculate that the scale of such influence today may lead to more rapid and significant changes than in the past due to the nature of contemporary technological […]

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