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Are We Just a Product of the Languages We Speak?

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Each language has a particular grammatical structure and different ways of expressing ideas, which is something that anyone who has studied another language has experienced and which translators are particularly aware of. These unique linguistic nuances often emphasize different parts of speech, which require speakers to consider different causes, possibilities and ideas. But is it […]

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The Translation of Songs

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Sometimes resulting from the decision of record producers, and at other times being part of the artistic expansion of singers and composers, as of the middle of the past century translation has entered the musical realm. In fact, through translation, songs were created that, at times, gained greater popularity than their originals. “My Way,” written […]

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Pleonasms in Legal English

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Pleonasms—the use of more words than are necessary to convey meaning—in oral and written forms of English legal jargon often take on a single meaning. They consist of synonyms taking the form of doublets (e.g. “terms and conditions” or “null and void”) or triplets (e.g. “give, devise, and bequeath”), which in many cases can be […]

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Mexico Heads towards Linguistic Independence

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Intense debates have taken place to decide whether the Spanish language should be regulated by the Royal Spanish Academy, which, as you may know, is based in Spain and does not include many regionalisms or current uses in existence in its (very) numerous varieties. Historically, many thinkers, philosophers, writers, and translators have considered the Royal […]

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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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How Translation is Helping Languages from Going Extinct

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There are over 7,000 thousand languages in the world today and more than 3,000 of those languages are in danger of becoming extinct. Most disappear when the last known native speaker dies. One example is Hazel Sampson, the last native speaker of the Klallam Native American tribe, who passed away this year at the age […]

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