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Localization (or Localisation?) and Context: Das Gegenüber

Localization is a commonly used term to refer to translating content into other languages — but it’s almost never as simple as that. One of my German friends suggested I should write something for a German-speaking audience (alluding to some of my English language sites, such as this one or my indigena project). I felt… Continue reading Localization (or Localisation?) and Context: Das Gegenüber

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Self Determination

Among the people I met up with in Porto last weekend (see chapter 21, “Social Business Regulation: Introduction & Socio BIZ Rule #1“) was a woman from Latvia who spoke really excellent English (probably because — as she mentioned in passing — she now lives in England). She noted that she feels it is wrong the… Continue reading Self Determination

Language & Community — Some More or Less Clearly Defined Definitions

I feel I need to make clear how I define some terms. Although I feel as though I use most terms in a very literal manner, I think some people misunderstand what I mean because these terms sometimes have connotations which differ significantly from the way the terms are (or “ought to be) understood in… Continue reading Language & Community — Some More or Less Clearly Defined Definitions

Linguistic Empathy & Community Boundaries

Languages are abstractions — they pretend to actually exist, but in reality they are more like amorphous relationships between the language’s speakers (or users). When one person uses a word and another person interprets that word’s meaning, there is no guarantee of absolute congruency — meanings can be laden with all sorts of connotations, there… Continue reading Linguistic Empathy & Community Boundaries

Infrastructure is a Historical Context that Can Span Several Centuries

Having become somewhat mindless and numb over the past few days, when I awoke this morning I had pretty much no significant topics swirling around in my brain. 😐 No worry — mainstream media came to the rescue! But first let me backtrack a little to the foundations … literally. Infrastructure is a part of… Continue reading Infrastructure is a Historical Context that Can Span Several Centuries