Breaking Down the Barrier: Early Interpreters

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Bilingualism prior to Rosetta Stone (the software not the actual stone) and well-written language textbooks was typically the result of acquisition through immersion. Early interpreters were typically the result of immigration, family heritage, or trade. That being said, interpreters were a commodity to say the least, especially in the Americas. The most famous of these […]

Breaking Down the Barrier: Gutenberg

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Prior to the most famous interpreters of the Americas: Pocahontas and Sacagawea, the invention that permitted the mass translation of the most prolific books of history took Europe by storm. Johannes Gutenberg invented the moveable type printing press in the middle of the 15th century and in doing so paved the way for works to […]

The Technical Aspects of Translation Services: Untranslatable Words

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Translation is successful because every language aims to describe the same or similar feelings, objects, relationships, etc. While the word used to describe the target description may not be the same, the commonality of the target object allows translators to easily match one for one. This is exactly how a bilingual dictionary works, matching one […]

Breaking Down the Barrier: Invention of Language

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The invention of language was not as clear-cut as that of the lightbulb or the car, in actuality, academics lack a widely accepted theory behind the first steps of language development. The majority of speculation regarding the early stages of language come from philosophers rather than linguists or academics. One early speculation, nicknamed the Pooh-pooh […]

The Technical Aspects of Translation Services: Evolution of Language

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Similarly to Darwin’s theories on biological evolution, language has been evolving since its onset. Darwin theorized that biological evolution was driven by a directional force- survival of the fittest. The corollary in language has often been believed to be an innate desire for humans and other communicators to make the language as clear and concise […]