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5 Essential Scots Phrases

Scotland is a nation known for its astonishing natural beauty, good quality of life, and firm cultural identity. Pay a visit to its bonny shores and you can sample traditional cuisine (haggis, neeps & tatties being a must), immerse yourself in centuries of history, and – if you pay attention…

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Catalonia and the Catalan language

A brief history of Catalan language and culture The province of northern or Nearer Spain, where Catalonia is situated, was first established by the Romans, who took it from the Carthaginians in the 2nd century BCE, together with southern or Farther Spain. These two provinces were governed by them until…

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Prescriptive and Descriptive Rules in Professional Translation

Language is an ever-changing, ever-growing organism. While linguists consistently define and describe language with generalized rules, these rules can only prescribe how language "should be," or officially is. Descriptive language, however, expresses the every-day, informal means of communication. The differences are profound. Professional translators must find the balance between making…

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Words & Wörter: The Denglisch “Language”

‘Spanglish’ was a term coined way back in 1940 to refer to a sort of hybrid language that incorporated aspects of both Spanish and English. It appeared around about the time that the United States welcomed more than 50,000 Caribbean natives striving to take advantage of post-war economic growth, and…

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Endangered Languages – Florida’s Native Americans

We all know about the Cherokee and Pawnee of Oklahoma, and the Navajo and Apache of New Mexico, but unless we’re from the Southeast United States, we hear very little of Florida’s rich native history. This is mainly because of the smaller populations; descendants spread out to Cuba and Mexico…

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