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By Rachel Holland

It’s less than three weeks since I travelled from Copenhagen to London to attend the first CIOL Conference. Yet how our world has changed since then. When I first drafted this, I wrote about how brilliant it was to spend a day in the company of other translators and linguists – and indeed it was! I also wrote about how energising it was to meet people face to face, as...

Published on Thursday, 26 March 2020 - 1:49pm
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By Gabriela Bocanete

The current situation with Coronavirus is causing heightened stress for many people.  We already live in a world of stress and anxiety caused by the news, social media, constantly being online and expected to react/respond within seconds for work, 24/7. Add to that the panic-driven news and the tone with which the politicians have been discussing the contingency...

Published on Friday, 20 March 2020 - 3:50pm
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By Ian Fraser, Head of Procurement & Support Services at Leicestershire Police

Leicestershire Police Force is leading on a National Police Framework for language services. Under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 detainees have a legal right to be represented by an interpreter during the evidential process. The new specification developed by the UK Police Service requires...

Published on Thursday, 27 February 2020 - 12:23pm
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The Linguist

 

In the under-representative world of publishing, can a mentorship for a minority ethnic translator make a difference, asks Miranda Moore

It has been five years since journalist Danuta Kean published a report on the severe underrepresentation of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people in the British literary industry. In addition to a legacy of “white male elitism” that...

Published on Wednesday, 12 February 2020 - 9:16am
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The Linguist
Published on Tuesday, 21 January 2020 - 1:30pm
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By Erwin La Cruz

Do measures that pit machine translation against human interpreters give an accurate picture, asks Erwin La Cruz

The fight for translation supremacy between machines and humans rages on. The reports from the front line are delivered in code: LEPOR 0.68, NIST 0.56, BLEU 0.46, METEOR 0.56, WER 0.39. These acronyms are translation quality evaluation metrics. These...

Published on Wednesday, 15 January 2020 - 9:18am
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The Linguist
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Fuschia Hutton and mentor Oliver Lawrence outline the benefits of CIOL’s mentoring scheme from both sides

CIOL launched its mentoring programme, through which seasoned translators and interpreters share their knowledge to help less experienced linguists reach their full potential, at Members’ Day 2018. Mentees can choose mentors according to the skills and expertise they most...

Published on Thursday, 2 January 2020 - 10:20am
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The Linguist
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The Queen’s speech today outlined Boris Johnson’s agenda for the new session of parliament.

In a key element of the speech, the Queen says her government will “work to promote and expand the United Kingdom’s influence in the world”, starting with a review into security, defence and foreign policy “covering all aspects of international policy from defence to diplomacy and development”....

Published on Thursday, 19 December 2019 - 3:10pm
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By Ignaty Dyakov MCIL, CL, MSoA

Prologue

Can I say that I have always loved languages? Not sure, but if one believes in the law of attraction, then - I suppose - I have always been attracted to languages, as I have studied quite a few. When somebody asks me how many languages I know, I usually respond, ‘None, however I have studied a variety of them throughout the years’. Having...

Published on Monday, 11 November 2019 - 4:05pm
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The Linguist

By Anita van Adelsbergen

Anita van Adelsbergen considers the many challenges of specialising in canine and equine translation

When you are working on a translation and can’t find a certain word, Google will usually find your answer. But as an interpreter in the middle of a field, arena or paddock, that is a bit more difficult. And when it comes to equine interpreting, just...

Published on Wednesday, 9 October 2019 - 9:16am
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The Linguist