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OLD ENGLISH HAS A SERIOUS IMAGE PROBLEM

“Old English,” also termed “Anglo-Saxon,” was and is simply the form of the English language that predates the Norman Conquest of 1066. The first line of the earliest poem in Old English, a prayer called “Cædmon’s Hymn,” largely unfamiliar to modern English speakers, offers a taste of this forgotten language: Nu sculon herigean heofonrices weard […]

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The Latin Word for “Breathe” Inspired Many English Terms

The Latin verb spirare, meaning “breathe,” is the source of a number of verbs (and other parts of speech). Here’s a summary of these words and their meanings. Aspire literally means “breathe on”; the connotation is that one breathes heavily with the exertion of aspiring to a goal. The modern sense of aspire is “try […]

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Confessioni di un neologista: se metti in magazzino l’effimero, mostra le parole nuove

Articolo di Giovanni Adamo, dirigente di ricerca nell’area linguistica del Consiglio nazionale delle ricerche. L’interesse per uno studio sistematico della neologia è relativamente recente: si può collocare negli ultimi decenni del XX secolo, più o meno negli stessi anni nei quali si sviluppa e acquisisce il suo statuto disciplinare la lessicologia, cioè lo studio del […]

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Castilla-La Mancha, Tierra de gramáticos

Éste es uno de los territorios con mas fondo histórico en lo relativo a la reflexión sobre la lengua castellana. Sin ánimo de exhaustividad, espigamos, en las siguientes líneas, algunos nombres de castellano-manchegos que forman parte de la historia de la lingüística española En Castilla-La Mancha la historia de la lingüística arranca de antiguo, con […]

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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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La competenza linguistica

Articolo di Marina Menéndez tradotto da Maria Antonietta Ricagno con il permesso dell’autrice. La competenza linguistica, designazione introdotta da Noam Chomsky, fa riferimento all’abilità dei parlanti di un lingua di interpretare e produrre testi. Consiste nella conoscenza della semantica, fonologia, sintassi e lessico di una data lingua. In tal senso, conoscere una lingua equivale a […]

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