Linguistics http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/31580/all en Zulu goes high-tech http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/zulu-goes-high-tech <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>When a middle-aged South African engineer recently set out to write a novel in his native Zulu, he found himself hamstrung by a lack of words to describe modern life.</p> <p>Determined not to use English as a crutch, Phiwayinkosi Mbuyazi instead created 450 new words in Zulu, the mother tongue of a quarter of South Africa's 50 million population.</p> <p>His book, titled "Amayiphendleya," is an adventure tale about four teenage boys and the wonders of technology.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/zulu-goes-high-tech" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Entertainment Languages of South Africa Linguistics South Africa Technology Zulu AFP Sat, 09 Feb 2013 04:30:32 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5750758 at http://www.globalpost.com Stereo learning: infants distinguish between languages http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/stereo-learning-infants-distinguish-between-languages <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Even before they can talk, infants as young as seven months who grow up in bilingual homes acquire a special ability to distinguish between languages, researchers said on Thursday. </p> <p>Scientists are still baffled by the mechanics of language learning, and how bilingual infants master their mother tongues as efficiently as monolinguals do.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/stereo-learning-infants-distinguish-between-languages" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Education Language Language acquisition Linguistics Technology AFP Thu, 14 Feb 2013 19:10:51 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5755822 at http://www.globalpost.com EU unveils faster translation engine as job cuts loom http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130225/eu-unveils-faster-translation-engine-job-cuts-loom <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Teddy Nykiel</p> <p>BRUSSELS, Feb 25 (Reuters) - A new translation engine that can cut faster through the rarefied vocabulary of Brussels technocrats in 23 European languages will be rolled out by the European Commission in July in an effort to cut costs.</p> <p>The in-house system, known as MT@EC, will be more familiar with EU jargon than online translation services such as Google Translate and will be faster and more efficient than the Commission's existing systems, EU officials said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130225/eu-unveils-faster-translation-engine-job-cuts-loom" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Computer-assisted translation European Union Linguistics Science Technology Thomson Reuters Mon, 25 Feb 2013 18:15:43 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5766223 at http://www.globalpost.com Firm sorry for 'Keep Calm and Rape' shirts http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130305/firm-sorry-keep-calm-and-rape-shirts <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A T-shirt company has issued an apology for advertising tops with slogans such as "Keep Calm and Rape A Lot" and "Keep Calm and Kill Her", with its founder saying Wednesday the firm may go under.</p> <p>Solid Gold Bomb said the offensive lines were created via an automated computer process which relied on online dictionaries to create the versions of the slogans based on the British World War II motto "Keep Calm and Carry On".</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130305/firm-sorry-keep-calm-and-rape-shirts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Linguistics Michael Fowler Slogans Technology World War II AFP Wed, 06 Mar 2013 02:45:28 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5774582 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: Government guarantee of Valencia loan withdrawn http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130313/football-government-guarantee-valencia-loan-withdrawn <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Spanish court has nullified a guarantee made by the Valencian regional government over a loan given to Valencia football club by the troubled Spanish bank Bankia.</p> <p>The original loan of 75 million euros ($97.7m, £65.6m), which has now grown to 86 million euros ($112m, £75.2m) with interest payments, was taken out on behalf of the Valencia foundation in 2009 so that it could buy shares in the club to help prevent it falling into administration.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130313/football-government-guarantee-valencia-loan-withdrawn" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Geography of Spain Linguistics Spain AFP Wed, 13 Mar 2013 21:00:46 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5782686 at http://www.globalpost.com Sweden scraps new word 'ungoogleable' after Google pressure http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130326/sweden-scraps-new-word-ungoogleable-after-google-pressure <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The Language Council of Sweden said Tuesday it had removed the word "ungoogleable" from its 2012 list of new words because it refused to give in to the US company's demands to include the word Google in the definition.</p> <p>The list of new words in the Swedish language came out in December, including the term "ogooglebar", which was defined as something "which cannot be found on the Internet with the use of a search engine."</p> <p>The Language Council said Google had since then repeatedly contacted it to insist that the definition include a mention of the company's name.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130326/sweden-scraps-new-word-ungoogleable-after-google-pressure" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Computing Google Sweden Language Linguistics Politics Technology AFP Tue, 26 Mar 2013 13:16:48 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5794196 at http://www.globalpost.com Microsoft adds Klingon to its Bing translator http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/entertainment/130515/microsoft-adds-klingon-its-bing-translator <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>From this week, alongside more common languages such as French, English, Arabic and Chinese, Bing Translator users will also be able to convert text to and from Klingon.</p> <p>The fictional language, spoken by characters in the Star Trek movie and television franchise, was created by American linguist Marc Okrand, who, as well as consulting on the film series and serving as a voice coach for actors portraying Klingon characters, has also written two books, including a dictionary, about the language.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/entertainment/130515/microsoft-adds-klingon-its-bing-translator" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bing Translator Entertainment Klingon language Linguistics Marc Okrand Wed, 15 May 2013 22:45:29 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5838769 at http://www.globalpost.com Microsoft adds Klingon to its Bing translator http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/tourism/130515/microsoft-adds-klingon-its-bing-translator <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>From this week, alongside more common languages such as French, English, Arabic and Chinese, Bing Translator users will also be able to convert text to and from Klingon.</p> <p>The fictional language, spoken by characters in the Star Trek movie and television franchise, was created by American linguist Marc Okrand, who, as well as consulting on the film series and serving as a voice coach for actors portraying Klingon characters, has also written two books, including a dictionary, about the language.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/tourism/130515/microsoft-adds-klingon-its-bing-translator" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bing Translator Klingon language Linguistics Marc Okrand Tourism Wed, 15 May 2013 22:46:05 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5838778 at http://www.globalpost.com Microsoft adds Klingon to its Bing translator http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/well-being/130515/microsoft-adds-klingon-its-bing-translator <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>From this week, alongside more common languages such as French, English, Arabic and Chinese, Bing Translator users will also be able to convert text to and from Klingon.</p> <p>The fictional language, spoken by characters in the Star Trek movie and television franchise, was created by American linguist Marc Okrand, who, as well as consulting on the film series and serving as a voice coach for actors portraying Klingon characters, has also written two books, including a dictionary, about the language.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/well-being/130515/microsoft-adds-klingon-its-bing-translator" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bing Translator Klingon language Linguistics Marc Okrand Well being Wed, 15 May 2013 23:00:46 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5838785 at http://www.globalpost.com Microsoft adds Klingon to its Bing translator http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/health-and-home/130515/microsoft-adds-klingon-its-bing-translator <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>From this week, alongside more common languages such as French, English, Arabic and Chinese, Bing Translator users will also be able to convert text to and from Klingon.</p> <p>The fictional language, spoken by characters in the Star Trek movie and television franchise, was created by American linguist Marc Okrand, who, as well as consulting on the film series and serving as a voice coach for actors portraying Klingon characters, has also written two books, including a dictionary, about the language.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/health-and-home/130515/microsoft-adds-klingon-its-bing-translator" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bing Translator Klingon language Linguistics Marc Okrand Health and Home Wed, 15 May 2013 23:00:58 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5838788 at http://www.globalpost.com Remains found in Spanish gym belong to one person http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130605/remains-found-spanish-gym-belong-one-person <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Vitoria, Spain, Jun 4 (EFE).- The human remains found at a martial arts gym in the northern Spanish city of Bilbao belong to a single person, sources involved with the investigation told Efe.</p> <p>Last Sunday, the Basque regional police arrested the owner of the gym for binding and then beating a Nigerian woman, leaving her in a coma and, when searching his gym, they found human bones.</p> <p>Police had been called by a witness who early Sunday afternoon had seen a woman being forced into the gym.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.efe.com" class="button wire efe"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#efe"><span>Copyright EFE, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130605/remains-found-spanish-gym-belong-one-person" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Basque conflict Linguistics Politics Agencia EFE Wed, 05 Jun 2013 20:36:21 +0000 Agencia EFE 5851691 at http://www.globalpost.com English profanity earns place in standard German dictionary http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130703/english-profanity-earns-place-standard-german-dictionary <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Note: contains profanity throughout story)</p> <p>BERLIN (Reuters) - The English profanity "shitstorm" is so widely used by Germans, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, that the country's most prestigious dictionary has included it in its latest edition.</p> <p>"Over the last few years, 'shitstorm' has entered everyday usage so that's why it now appears in the new printed edition of the dictionary," said Nicole Weiffen, head of communications at Duden, which publishes Germany's standard dictionary.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130703/english-profanity-earns-place-standard-german-dictionary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> German language Human Interest Languages of Europe Linguistics Technology Thomson Reuters Wed, 03 Jul 2013 18:35:25 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5874864 at http://www.globalpost.com NY Times: It's Chelsea Manning from now on http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130827/ny-times-its-chelsea-manning-now <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Tim Molloy</p> <p>NEW YORK (TheWrap.com) - The New York Times has agreed to call Chelsea Manning what she wants to be called, and to refer to her by the female pronoun "she."</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130827/ny-times-its-chelsea-manning-now" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 10th Mountain Division Bradley Manning Chelsea Manning Linguistics Thomson Reuters Tue, 27 Aug 2013 23:32:02 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5919222 at http://www.globalpost.com Oxford Dictionaries crowns 'selfie' word of the year for 2013, beating 'twerk,' 'Bitcoin' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/131118/oxford-dictionaries-crowns-selfie-word-the-year-2013-beating <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LONDON - Michelle Obama shared one with her "first dog" Bo, Hillary Clinton tweeted one with her daughter Chelsea. Now "selfie" — the smartphone self-portrait — has been declared word of the year for 2013, according to Britain's Oxford University Press.</p> <p>The publisher of the Oxford dictionaries said Tuesday that "selfie" saw a huge jump in usage in the past year, bursting from the confines of Instagram and Twitter to become mainstream shorthand for any self-taken photograph.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/131118/oxford-dictionaries-crowns-selfie-word-the-year-2013-beating" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Dictionary Lexicography Linguistics Technology The Canadian Press Tue, 19 Nov 2013 01:46:21 +0000 The Canadian Press 5992959 at http://www.globalpost.com 'Selfie' beats 'twerk' as word of the year http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131118/selfie-beats-twerk-word-the-year <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LONDON (Reuters) - "Selfie" - a self portrait usually on a smartphone or webcam - was selected word of the year on Tuesday by the Oxford Dictionaries, based on a 17,000 percent rise in its usage from a year ago.</p> <p>"Selfie" was chosen after it "gained momentum throughout the English-speaking world in 2013 as it evolved from a social media buzzword to mainstream shorthand for a self-portrait photograph", Oxford Dictionaries said in a statement.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131118/selfie-beats-twerk-word-the-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Applied linguistics Lexicography Linguistics Thomson Reuters Tue, 19 Nov 2013 01:47:24 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5992964 at http://www.globalpost.com