Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Monthly Archives: November 2015

Proven Winners (Lingua Franca)

“Does it matter if things have been proved or proven? I ask this as a grammatical question, not a philosophical one about the nature of evidence. Does it matter if one uses proved or proven as the past participle of the verb prove?

If you’re in the it-doesn’t-matter camp, you’re not alone. But the it-does-matter camp is not deserted (yet).

Taken together, these verbs provide a good reminder that in the verb system, like elsewhere in the language, there can be pressure to regularize, but new idiosyncrasies are introduced into the system all the time, some of which prove to be winners.”

Read more @ http://chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2015/11/29/proven-winners/

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5,000 Views for Kathy’s TEDx Talk on the U.S. Foreign Language Deficit — Thank you! :)

5,000 views.

Many thanks to all those who have taken the time to view my TEDx talk, “The U.S. Foreign Language Deficit — What It Is; Why It Matters; and What We Can Do about It.”

View @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CZ7zu5Aeu0

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Rudolf Abel: The Soviet spy who grew up in England

“‘A skilled linguist – a native English speaker, as well as Russian and German from his parents and French from Monkseaton Grammar School – he got a job as a translator.’

What, though, of the way he spoke? If Abel was brought up on Tyneside would he not have had an identifiable Geordie accent?

Like many aspects of the spy’s life, the matter is shrouded in mystery.”

Read more @ http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-34870934

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Pope Heading for Violence-Prone Central African Republic

“African Union forces and a French military mission are also present in Central African Republic.

The UN said earlier this month some of the reinforcements should be in place before the pope’s visit.

Nonetheless, a French defense official said Paris had warned the Catholic Church about potential security issues, Reuters reported.”

Read more @ http://allafrica.com/stories/201511271660.html

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Pope Francis to Kenya’s clergy: the joy of service

“Pope Francis held a special meeting with clergy, religious men and women, and seminarians at St. Mary’s School in Nairobi, Kenya, on Thursday. Putting aside his prepared text, the Holy Father spoke of the joy of a life of radical service to the Gospel and of the radical faithfulness to Christ that is the guarantee of happiness and success in ordained ministry and consecrated discipleship.

An official transcript of the Pope Francis’ extemporaneous remarks is being prepared.

In the meantime, we offer you the integral audio recording of the Holy Father’s address, with side-by-side English translation provided by the Holy Father’s official translator, Msgr. Mark Miles.

Click below to hear the Holy Father’s remarks in Spanish, with side-by-side translation into English by Msgr. Mark Miles”

Read more @ http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2015/11/26/pope_francis_to_kenyas_clergy_the_joy_of_service/1189802

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Tehran, New Ban On Foreign Languages On Road Signs

“Iranian traffic authorities have announced the removal of any ‘Latin’ spellings of names and driving instructions in Tehran.

The move comes as a surprise as many Iranians are hoping for a boom in foreign visitors following the phase-out of international sanctions.”

Read more @ http://www.worldcrunch.com/blog/tehran-new-ban-on-foreign-languages-on-road-signs/c0s20164/

Languages do matter!

Video of Pope’s Meeting With Clergy, Religious and Seminarians in Nairobi (Mark Miles, translator)

“Putting aside his prepared text, the Holy Father spoke of the joy of a life of radical service to the Gospel and of the radical faithfulness to Christ that is the guarantee of happiness and success in ordained ministry and consecrated discipleship.

An official transcript of the Pope Francis’ extemporaneous remarks is being prepared. In the meantime, News.va has a video of the Holy Father’s address, with side-by-side English translation provided by the Pope’s interpreter, Msgr. Mark Miles.”

Read more: http://www.ncregister.com/blog/edward-pentin/video-of-popes-meeting-with-clergy-religious-and-seminarians-in-nairobi/#ixzz3shONIv5iRead more @ http://www.ncregister.com/blog/edward-pentin/video-of-popes-meeting-with-clergy-religious-and-seminarians-in-nairobi

View more @ https://video-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hvideo-xat1/v/t43.1792-2/12292484_968587666531724_1516121688_n.mp4?efg=eyJybHIiOjE1MDAsInJsYSI6NDA5NiwidmVuY29kZV90YWciOiJzdmVfaGQifQ%3D%3D&rl=1500&vabr=230&oh=931045b141be90a5a7e66125f9469a7b&oe=56587975

Full text of Pope’s powerful, unscripted talk with Kenya’s youth (Mark Miles, translator)

An impassioned Pope Francis went off-the-cuff in a vast, widespread speech to Kenyan youth, touching on challenging topics such as how to stop youth from being recruited to terrorist activities.
The encounter fell on the Pope’s last day in Kenya. His Nov. 25-27 visit to the country was part of a larger African tour that will also take him to Uganda and the Central African Republic later this week.
Below please find CNA’s full transcript of the Pope’s speech in Spanish, assisted by the simultaneous translation of Pope Francis’ official translator, Msgr. Mark Miles:

Read more @ http://www.newvision.co.ug/news/676238-full-text-of-pope-s-powerful-unscripted-talk-with-kenya-s-youth.html

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Not just Black Friday: the five biggest sales in the world

“Elsewhere in the world, Black Friday is not such a big deal – they have other sales events to look forward to

A new study has revealed that Black Friday is going to be huge in the UK. This time last year, retailers made £810 million of online sales in the UK – with Cyber Monday following hot on its heels. It means Black Friday is the biggest online shopping day of the year in this country. But this is not the case elsewhere in the world – where shoppers have not fallen for the charms of the American invention.”

Read more @ http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/11/24/the-five-biggest-sales-in-the-world/

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Bargains and Backlash: Black Friday Around the World

“In recent years, the hugely popular American phenomenon of Black Friday, famed for its one-off knock-down retail prices, has started to spread across the globe—despite the fact that in the most of the world, it’s just another Friday following an ordinary Thursday.

Around Europe, retailers are divided about whether or not to partake in the shopping extravaganza. Some are opting out completely; others are taking it to the extreme, having started their sales as early as Monday.

Now on their fifth Black Friday, Britons have decided they’re big fans. Estimates place the U.K.’s total spending over the weekend at well over $3 billion.”

Read more @ http://www.newsweek.com/black-friday-madness-spreads-worldwide-398875

Languages do matter!