Ph: E. Miglino

Open-source Software, Free Software and Creative Commons Licences

Sometimes, people suffer from prejudices towards things new. Despite information about open-source being more and more widespread, the knowledge about this topic is still somehow confused. Many people confuse open-source software with ‘pirate’ software, on the false assumption that, because it is free or no payment is required to acquire a licence, that it is […]

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Going freelance: are you ready?

The first question to ask when you plan to pursue a career as a freelance translator is apparently simple, yet crucial. How do I know if I’m ready for this job? Of course, you can work as a translator within an agency and therefore be an employee, in which case the problem does not arise. […]

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The First Truly Recognizable Dictionary

Between 1040 and 1050 Papias, an Italian sometimes known as Papias the Lombard or Papias the Grammarian, wrote Elementarium doctrinae rudimentum. This work, which was in circulation by 1053, has been called the “first fully recognizable dictionary.” “The Elementarium . . . is a landmark in the development of dictionaries as distinct from mere collections of glosses. Papias arranges entries […]

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The polyglot of Bologna

Michael Erard takes a look at The Life of Cardinal Mezzofanti, a book exploring the extraordinary talent of the 19th century Italian cardinal who was reported to be able to speak over seventy languages. Without a doubt, the most important book in English devoted to Cardinal Giuseppe Mezzofanti (1774-1849), the polyglot of Bologna, is The […]

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Want To Know The Language Of The Future? The Data Suggests It Could Be…French

For many centuries, France was the official language of culture, and erudition. It was the language of diplomacy and arts. Aristocrats in Imperial Russia spoke French, even amongst themselves, as Tolstoy and many others documented. In short, if you wanted to be educated, you had to speak French. Things have changed a lot since then. […]

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