Symposium on multilingualism in international organizations & cooperation, 10-11 May 2018

Taking the opportunity again this year to publicize the latest in a series of annual symposia in New York on language issues in international contexts. The last two dealt with language(s) and the Sustainable Development Goals. This year's edition, to be held on 10-11 May 2018, has as its title, "Multilingualism in International Organizations and … Continue reading Symposium on multilingualism in international organizations & cooperation, 10-11 May 2018

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[LI] “Work” & “jobs” in English; kinds of “work” in Japanese

Three posts to LinkedIn in Jan.-Mar. 2018 concerning distinctions about types of "work" in English and Japanese. This is part of exploring the difference between "work" and "jobs"/"employment" in English, and discovery of a set of terms in Japanese (and German) describing different kinds of (or meanings associated with) "work." 2 Japanese expressions (posted January … Continue reading [LI] “Work” & “jobs” in English; kinds of “work” in Japanese

International Mother Language Day 2018 & the Linguapax Prize

The annual observance of International Mother Language Day (IMLD) on February 21 focuses this year on multilingualism and linguistic diversity, with mention of their importance for sustainable development and peace. The theme has been seen in several forms, including: Acting together for Linguistic diversity and Multilingualism (per poster above) Linguistic diversity and multilingualism count for sustainable development … Continue reading International Mother Language Day 2018 & the Linguapax Prize

[LI] Four categories of “work” in Japanese & “ikigai”

"Work" in English can mean a number of things, but it is often used synonymously with job or employment. On a high level then, without getting into very specific kinds of activity, "work" is generally paid (a job) and when it isn't, it isn't called work, or is given a modifier to set it apart. … Continue reading [LI] Four categories of “work” in Japanese & “ikigai”

[LI] Sociolinguistics of development & girls’ education in Africa

Two separate items posted on LinkedIn in August & October 2017 relating to the importance of languages in development, and first language instruction for increasing girls' education levels in Africa. Sociolinguistics of Development in Africa (posted 23 August 2017)  Finally reading Paulin Djité's Sociolinguistics of Development in Africa, 2008. Shd be req'd for all in … Continue reading [LI] Sociolinguistics of development & girls’ education in Africa

[LI] Terminology relating to transcription & translation

For various work that involves recordings in one language and text in another, there is a shortcut for which there is no name. Three postings on LinkedIn relating to that and the lack of attention to transcription. "A terminological issue in cross-language qualitative methods," Don Osborn, Beyond Niamey, 28 September 2017 (posted September 2017) There … Continue reading [LI] Terminology relating to transcription & translation

[LI] African languages & mobile phones

Two items on mobiles in Africa, one of which deals explicitly with language interfaces, the other of which evidently doesn't broach the question. Posted on LinkedIn in summer 2017. "MTN Zambia executive details language challenges," MobileWorldLive.com, 12 July 2017 (posted July 2017) Interesting account of MTN Zambia's offering of services in 7 Zambian languages (in … Continue reading [LI] African languages & mobile phones