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Minnesota Governor Proclaims Day in Honor of His ASL Interpreter

March 15, 2021

Governor Tim Walz proclaimed March 9 as “Nic Zapko Day” in honor of the American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter who has appeared at nearly all of the governor’s in-person press…

Mindestabstandsregelung: That’s 6 Feet Apart to You

March 15, 2021

In a language known for its tongue-twisting words, Germans have coined over 1,200 terms to describe the rules and realities of the pandemic. They’re not alone, of course. Over the…

U.S. Department of Justice Says South Carolina School District Must Provide Language Access for Limited-English-Proficient Parents

March 15, 2021

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it has settled an investigation over complaints that the Charleston County School District of South Carolina did not provide adequate language assistance to…

Dutch and Catalan Translators of Amanda Gorman’s Work Withdraw after Uproar that Black Translators Weren’t Chosen

March 15, 2021

Two translators who were commissioned by different publishers to translate The Hill We Climb, the poem American writer Amanda Gorman read at President Joe Biden’s inauguration, have withdrawn following controversy…

Researchers Claim that AI-Translated Text Are Less “Lexically” Rich than Human Translations

February 17, 2021

In a new study, researchers from Tilburg University in the Netherlands and the University of Maryland attempt to quantify the lexical and grammatical diversity of “machine translationese” (i.e., the fingerprints…

Studies from Japan Find Singing in Some Languages Could Spread COVID-19 More Easily than Others

February 17, 2021

Does singing in different languages create more potentially infectious droplets and aerosols? Researchers in Japan say the answer is yes. At least three separate studies have shown that when it…

Revamped White House Website Aims for Inclusivity and Accessibility

February 17, 2021

Shortly after President Joe Biden took office, sharp-eyed internet users noticed several major changes relating to the inclusivity and accessibility of the White House’s official site. Among them are a…

Rutgers University Translation Program Aids Newark’s COVID-19 Contact Tracing Efforts

February 17, 2021

Faculty, students, and alumni of the School of Arts and Sciences-Newark (SASN) at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey, have found many ways to be of service during the pandemic,…

New York Lawmakers Pitch Bill Requiring State COVID Websites to Offer Translations

February 17, 2021

Two New York lawmakers want to ensure that New Yorkers who do not speak English as their primary language have access to the latest information about COVID-19. New York Senator…

With Indigenous Language Classes on Hold, University of Winnipeg Launches New Ojibway Radio Drama

January 20, 2021

Canada’s University of Winnipeg has created an Ojibway radio drama to fill the gap left when Indigenous community language courses were put on hold due to the pandemic. The new…

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