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The Pronoun Game

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In Chasing Amy, by U.S. filmmaker Kevin Smith, the lead character in the film makes an unexpected switch in her relationship preferences and decides to tell her friends, all of whom are lesbians, that she is going out with “someone.” Her friends, without missing a beat, start to interrogate the character named Alyssa, played by […]

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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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What Makes a Great Linguist?

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There is a whole host of valid answers to this question, but arguably the most significant – at least in the field of translation and interpreting – is the ability to understand how a foreign language is used by its different native speakers in their day-to-day lives. The process of developing foreign language skills is […]

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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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