I have decided that this Monday smile qualifies as such on the grounds (sorry! ;-) ) that many lawyers, translators, interpreters and academics only get through life as a result of coffee. Crosses language barriers too! :-)
Strictly speaking, today’s Monday smile is deadly serious. I just find rather whimsical the idea of it being necessary to “translate” in order to enable these two worlds to communicate.* However, as many of us know, business and academia do speak different languages.
A research project being carried out in Paris has recently been reported in the press. Students from the linguistic engineering department at the University of Paris 13 have developed, using corpus techniques, a search engine to bring together the corporate world and universities.
I hope you will enjoy this TED Talk with Aparna Rao to start your week.
I love the elegant and gentle delicacy of these ideas. See what you think.
It has just won the Olivier Debouzy prize: “prix de l’agitateur des idées juridiques“.
It was kindly sent in by Jonathan Goldberg, who has supported this blog from its early days. Do have a look at his post on language barriers and a melting pot of colonial influences.
Le Petit Nicolas is one of my all time favourites – along with Winnie-the-Pooh (see this post) for philosophical gems.
I recently discovered that, dans l’air du temps of reviving Classical languages, IMAV Editions have published “Pullus Nicolellus Latina lingua” – to tempt all of us learn Latin with Nicolas!
Does this ring true with anyone? :-)