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Plagiarism: when language and politics collide

Language — or rather text — played a key role in the recent high-profile departure of the president of Harvard University, Claudine Gay. The simple story is that Gay was found to have plagiarised other scholars’ work on multiple… Read More

March 1, 2024 by Alison Tunley

Plagiarism: when language and politics collide

Language — or rather text — played a key role in the recent high-profile departure of the president of Harvard University, Claudine Gay. The simple story is that Gay was found to have plagiarised other scholars’ work on multiple occasions both in her doctoral dissertation and in several published articles…

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February 23, 2024 by Alison Tunley

The great English test scandal or another miscarriage of justice?

In 2014, the BBC’s Panorama programme reported on what was described as widespread cheating in English language tests that formed part of the international student visa approval process by the UK Home Office. This complex legal immigration story has been back in the news recently as new evidence has been…

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February 16, 2024 by Alison Tunley

Dishwashers and double meanings

This blog previously described the pleasure a translator can find in perusing multilingual instructions for a new domestic appliance, which often feature some entertainingly dismal translations. Having said that, the consequences of attempting to dodge translation difficulties by providing an illustration-only user manual suggest manufacturers are best advised to stick…

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February 9, 2024 by Alison Tunley

Delightful turns of phrase

One of the greatest pleasures in working with language every day is the appreciation you develop for neat turns of phrase or vocabulary possibilities in your non-native language, so this week’s blog brings you a little collection of “Germanisms” that have recently brought me delight. We begin with the application…

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February 2, 2024 by Alison Tunley

Stoked about New Zealand slang, eh

We’ve had a New Zealand visitor with us for the last few months, which has provided a great opportunity to revel in regional linguistic differences, in the guise of New Zealand slang. In the UK, our main exposure to dialectal variation is through interactions with US media and culture. So,…

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January 26, 2024 by Alison Tunley

Proofreading prompts — Part II grammatical glitches

In Part II of our proofreading checklist, we run through some obvious grammatical glitches that can afflict translated text. Word order Sticking ruthlessly to the word order in the source text can result in stylistic oddities. A text I recently reviewed contained the German phrase emotionale Negativmomente, and my instinct…

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January 19, 2024 by Alison Tunley

Proofreading prompts — Part I: A vocabulary checklist

One of the benefits of doing regular review work as a translator is that it offers useful reminders of things to watch out for in your own translation tasks. It is always easier to spot errors or stylistic glitches in someone else’s work, so this is a great opportunity to…

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January 12, 2024 by Alison Tunley

Definite articles and personal names

One of the first things I noticed many moons ago when working as an au pair in Germany, was the way the definite article was frequently stuck in front of people’s names “Die Petra …”, “Der Klaus …” etc. With certain regional variations, this definite article plus name formulation crops…

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January 5, 2024 by Alison Tunley

2023 Word of the Year nominations

This blog traditionally closes out the year by offering a round-up of the various dictionary Word of the Year nominations. Arguably the most prestigious WOTY award comes from the Oxford Dictionaries team, and the 2023 selection of rizz flummoxed your blog author so comprehensively that she needed the Christmas holidays…

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December 27, 2023 by Alison Tunley

Sign language and translanguaging among deaf signers

My ever-expanding list of language topics I should know more about has long since had sign language on it, and my interest increased when my middle daughter selected a university credit in British Sign Language as part of her liberal arts degree. So I was primed to notice a recent…

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