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Dzongkha Is Not Just a Perfume

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Dzongkha, besides being a woody fragrance that transports you to Buddhist monasteries, is also the official language of Bhutan. It means language (kh) within dzong. The dzong are fortified monasteries that in the past protected what is today Bhutan. They were built roughly in the seventeenth century by the Tibetan military leader Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal […]

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Is Spanish a Sexist Language?

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This is a long-debated discussion, especially among some feminist groups engaged in the very important fight for women’s rights in a variety of fields. However, sometimes the initiative goes even further, and we find that they have proposed several modifications to Spanish so that it stops being a “sexist” language, based on the premise that […]

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Does the Job of the Translator Have Its Days Counted?

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The debate over the advance of industrialization to the detriment of manual work dates back at least to the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. It’s a debate that, in keeping with the steep rate of the progress, has become increasingly relevant and current. The European realist painters of the late 19th century raised the cry […]

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Evolving Language

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The idea about this blog started growing from my reading of David Stockman’s The Great Deformation. Although this book focuses on economics and the alleged development of capitalism into a vicious form of crony capitalism (or shall I call it straying?), I started thinking about changes in language. As we all know, languages are living […]

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Translating Pornography: Dubbing or Subtitles?

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Similar to what happens with comic strips, literature and cinema that is suitable for all audiences, pornography (whether illustrated, written or filmed) resorts to translation to broaden the horizons of its audience. Since porn films constitute a genre that is very much oriented toward the effect it produces in the viewer, the specific localization of […]

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