More on sex, gender and translation

Aug 23, 2011 by

As mentioned in yesterday’s post, the grammatical gender system of one’s language has a strong effect on how one personifies non-human characters. For example, whether an enchanted frog you kiss will turn into Prince...

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The human and the frog

Aug 22, 2011 by

[the author thanks Olga Kagan for inspiration] Imagine a bewitched frog, waiting to be kissed in order to turn back into a human. Given a choice between a prince and a princess, who will the enchanted frog kiss? If you are an English...

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Is English the richest language?

Apr 18, 2011 by

I am often asked whether it is true that English (vocabulary) is the richest in the world. After all, English has words that do not have good counterparts in other languages, right? Say, there’s no appropriate Russian...

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Google Translate and Humor

Feb 9, 2011 by

In yesterday’s posting I talked about Google Translate and its (in)ability to handle even such simple texts such as a short nursery rhyme that I attempted translating from Russian into several other languages. What about other...

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Will “Google Conversation” really converse?

Feb 8, 2011 by

Last month, Google unveiled its latest innovation, an app for phones that can near-simultaneously translate speech from one language to another. “Google Conversation” is so far only available to translate between Spanish...

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