Monday smile – Kissing alligators and other marital quirks

In a report on the Nasdaq website (I would love to understand the connection here…!), “A small town Mexican mayor married his alligator bride in a colorful ceremony as traditional music rang out and revelers danced while imploring the indigenous leader to seal the nuptials with a kiss”.

“San Pedro Huamelula Mayor Victor Hugo Sosa obliged more than once during Thursday’s wedding, bending down to plant his lips on the small alligator’s snout, which had been tied shut presumably to avoid unwanted biting. Continue reading

Conference – Terminology & domain loss

Following on from yesterday’s post on new terms and new fields, you may be interested in the following international conference: “Terminology: Domain Loss and Gain” to be held from 20-21 April 2023 at KU Leuven Brussels Campus. It is being co-organised by NL-Term, Instituut voor de Nederlandse Taal, European Association for Terminology, and Infoterm, with the participation of the Translation Service of the Council of the European Union.

“Worries about the influence of dominant languages on local languages, in particular in professional contexts, continue to exist, as do worries about the threat of (digital or other) extinction of minority languages. Conversely, there are many attempts, successful as well as unsuccessful, at enriching languages with language-specific terms for new concepts. The conference aims to address all these issues and welcomes theoretical work as well as practical examples.” Continue reading

Latest French language terminology – 2021 report published

The French Government, along with the Académie française, regularly publishes updates on new terminology – for professionals using terminology and civil servants, as well as the general public. There are even publications in the offical gazette¹. Translations into English are often provided (unfortunately, mostly not into other languages), as well as alternative terms in other French-speaking countries such as Canada.

Le rapport 2021 de Commission d’enrichissement de la langue française vient de paraître. Ce rapport présente le bilan de l’action en faveur de l’enrichissement de la langue française, coordonnée par la Délégation générale à la langue française et aux langues de France, pour l’année 2021. Continue reading

Book publication – Language and Legal Interpretation in International Law

This month has seen the publication of ‘Language and Legal Interpretation in International Law’ edited by Anne Lise Kjaer and Joanna Lam. The book is part of the series ‘Oxford Studies in Language and Law’.

  • Examines patterns and strategies of legal interpretation across different fields of international dispute resolution
  • Takes an interdisciplinary approach through multiple research perspectives in language and law
  • Considers interpretation in the fields of trade law and commercial law, EU law, human rights law, and international criminal law.

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Webinar – Challenges facing the multilateral trade system

A webinar hosted by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) on 29 June 2022 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. UK time will bring together experts at the WTO and in academia to discuss the results of the 12th session of the WTO Ministerial Conference (MC12) which took place on 12-17 June 2022 at the WTO headquarters in Geneva. Continue reading