Nelson Mandela memorial interpreter ‘was a fake’

Man who provided sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was simply “making childish hand gestures” for hours By Aislinn Laing, Pretoria and Josie Ensor 6:27PM GMT 11 Dec 2013 A mystery South African man who acted as a sign-language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service was a “fraud” […]

Medieval Latin dictionary completed after 100 years

9 December 2013 Last updated at 14:21 GMT The final part of an epic dictionary of medieval Latin is to be published this week, bringing to a close a project initiated 100 years ago. The Dictionary of Medieval Latin from British Sources has more than 58,000 entries and currently spans 15 volumes, the first of which came […]

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R.I.P. Daniel Weissbort, champion of translation everywhere Daniel Weissbort is dead. I heard this yesterday from Neil Astley of Bloodaxe Books in the U.K., but hadn’t been able to confirm it till I found it posted here, on the website of the influential journal he founded with Ted Hughes in 1965,Modern Poetry in Translation. He continued to edit the magazine until […]

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New details uncovered about brain anatomy and language in young children By Marie Cassin A latest research conducted by the Brown University and King’s College London and published in Journal of Neuroscience. The team has brought in forward surprising results about how the brain anatomy influences language gaining ability in young children. They found that the […]

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With Google’s support, Knight Center offers MOOC in Spanish on developing journalistic projects for the web By Knight Center/AM In an effort to promote the creation and development of sustainable and quality digital journalism projects in Spanish, the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, with the support of Google, will offer this month the Massive Open Online […]

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Listen! Beowulf opening line misinterpreted for 200 years The opening line ‘Listen!’ is not a proclamation and should not have an exclamation mark, according to new research JONATHAN BROWN Author Biography Tuesday 05 November 2013 It is perhaps the most important word in one of the greatest and most famous sentences in the history of […]

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The hottest job skill is… The Army, NYPD and State Department can’t get enough workers with this job skill. Neither can Fortune 500 companies, hospitals, local courts and schools. By Annalyn Kurtz @AnnalynKurtz October 30, 2013: 3:15 PM ET What is it? Fluency in a foreign language. Translators and interpreters are expected to be one […]