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Scandal, Censorship, Science: How Darwin Shaped Our Understanding of Why Language Exists

<i>“Words belong to each other,”</i> Virginia Woolf memorably proclaimed in the only surviving recording of her voice. But even in this beautifully aphoristic observation lies an unsolvable chicken-or-egg mystery: Where did words come from in the first place?<p><b>Charles Darwin</b> — man of routine, graphic novel …

FYI: How Did English Get To Be The International Language Of Science?

Everyone got mad at the Germans.<p>More than 98 percent of all scientific articles published today are in English, but that hasn’t always been the case. “There used to be one language of science in Europe, and it was Latin,” says Michael Gordin, a historian of science at Princeton University who is …

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The E-Reading Software That's Better Than Kindle or iBooks

A new deal with Penguin UK means a greater variety of books for the insurgent platform.<p>Want to read books on a screen?<p>Up to now, two large companies would make that easy for you.<p>Option #1: Apple’s iBooks system. Chipper and colorful, iBooks is easy to use if you own an iPhone or iPad. In its zeal …

How to Read About Science

Some studies mean so much more than others, and few mean anything without honest context.<p>If you took to heart the recent cover story in <i>The Economist</i>, “How Science Goes Wrong,” you might be tempted throw your hands up and stop reading about scientific research entirely. The piece describes how …

What could an umlaut do for you?

Remember Möben? The defunct British kitchen company fought for years for the right to place two dots on top of its "o" in a bid to make itself sound …

The 10 best words the internet has given English

My book Netymology: A Linguistic Celebration of the Digital World is about the stories behind new words. I've been an etymology addict since I was a …

Ο ελεύθερος επαγγελματίας μεταφραστής και το κατ’ οίκον γραφείο

<b>1. Εισαγωγή</b><p>Η πρόσφατη έρευνα <i>The</i> <i>Status</i> <i>of</i> <i>the</i> <i>Translation</i> <i>Profession</i> <i>in</i> <i>the</i> <i>European</i> <i>Union</i>[1] της Ευρωπαϊκής Επιτροπής που δημοσιεύθηκε το 2012 παρατηρεί ότι …

How the Internet is killing the world’s languages

Less than five percent of current world languages are in use online, according to a recent study by prominent linguist András Kornai -- and the Internet may be helping the other 95 percent to their graves.<p>Those startling conclusions come from a paper published in the journal PLOSOne in October …

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Why pain is expressed differently in different languages

Bang! "Ow!"<p>You probably have <i>some</i> idea of what just happened there. A collision or explosion of some kind, or perhaps a gunshot. Then someone voicing …

What Are the Differences Between Translation and Transcreation?

“Transcreation” refers to the process of taking a message created in one language and transporting it to another language. This word is not a synonym …

Copyright and Translation: What Every Translator Needs to Know - Intralingo

<b>Copyright and Translation: What Every Translator Needs to Know</b> <br>A guest post by Suzanne E. Deliscar<p>One of the oft-talked about legal issues currently …

How the Brain Picks up a Second Language

Learning a language can be an excellent way to open a child up to another world, and especially at a young age, introducing new information can be …

What does the perfect translator CV look like?

Did you know that Leonardo Da Vinci wrote the first CV 500 years ago? You can be the best painter, philosopher or writer in the world, but you still …

English Has a New Preposition, Because Internet

Linguists are recognizing the delightful evolution of the word "because."<p>Let's start with the dull stuff, because pragmatism.<p>The word "because," in standard English usage, is a subordinating conjunction, which means that it connects two parts of a sentence in which one (the subordinate) explains …