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My review of the 9th Portsmouth Translation Conference

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My review of the 9th Portsmouth Translation Conference

Last month I spent a Saturday down in Portsmouth at the university’s Ninth Translation Conference, entitled ‘The Translator as Writer’. It’s incredible that I’ve never made it to the event before now, as I’ve always noticed the high calibre of speakers every year (a combination of practitioners and academics), and I’m pleased to say that [&hellip

Do men and women use language, tone and voice differently?

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Do men and women use language, tone and voice differently?

This is a bit of a rhetorical question, as I think most people would probably agree that we do! More probing questions you may wish to consider are: Have women’s voices got deeper in recent years? Do women find it hard to carry authority in their voices? Do women talk more than men? Do men [&hellip

Guest post: Lost in Romance – translating language differences to the wider world

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Guest post: Lost in Romance – translating language differences to the wider world

optical communicationIn a first for this blog, I’m publishing a guest post written by Paul Sawers of translation company Lingo24. Paul talks about the joys of the Romance language family and Lingo24’s experience of working with them, in particular the importance of localisation and explaining the finer points of these languages to uninitiated clients. I [&hellip

Monolingualism in the UK

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Monolingualism in the UK

This seems to be a week for links on my blog, but I can’t resist posting yet another one to a fantastic article by Agnès Poirier on the decreasing number of Brits studying languages, and offers some observations as to why that might, or might not, be. Here’s a sample: I don’t know what’s most [&hellip

Recommended listening for linguists

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Recommended listening for linguists

Stephen Fry‘s ‘Fry’s English Delight’ is currently airing on BBC Radio 4 every Monday morning at 10am. The programme’s website can be found here, where you can listen to the latest edition at any time.  I’ve just listened to the first edition, which discusses the use of metaphor in the English language. Absolute word-nerd heaven&#

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