A few (language) gems


January 12th, 2008

Here’s a few links that are worth a look – all around the theme of language:

Johnnie Moore has blogged about language – static versus fluid – with some links to interesting language articles.

More on language – this time from the writer’s perspective – Victoria Ward writes

I’ve been entirely inspired by Doris Lessing’s Nobel Prize speech, her views on the fragmentation of the world today, the loss of books, the role of storytellers and the need for tellers to find themselves the empty space in which to find their stories:

Nancy White is also on a language theme – exploring the use of a translation widget for on-line facilitation.

And last night I watched the movie Babel – worth a look if you enjoy visual literacy, allegorical communication and complexity theory.

3 Comments so far

  1. Victoria Ward on January 12, 2008 7:24 pm

    I followed your comment on my blog to see who you were. Babel, yes. Interesting. My partner found it pretentious and irritating. In a way, so did I, but I also found the kaleidoscope of it gave me unusual headspace to make my own associations around communication, globalness, childhood, fear and so on and I found in that sense that it invited me, as the viewer, to participate rather than just be a spectator, which is always good. I think I might have blogged it somewhere.
    Anyway, your site looks interesting and I’ll have a little more of a look when I’ve a little more time.

  2. Nancy White on January 23, 2008 2:09 pm

    Oh, Viv, nice images on your blog. Pretty!

    The multilingual issues are interesting me, challenging me and daily driving me crazy. Like how do we share translation and interpretation duties on telecons and in webmeetings and chats? How much work are we willing to do to even use machine translations (like the wikis we are experimenting with this week for the World Social Forum event)?

    So many questions, so little time. I’m convinced visuals are part of the solution, but need more time to research, play and experiment. oi oi oi

  3. Viv McWaters on January 23, 2008 7:29 pm

    Hi Nancy – thanks for visiting (the pics are from my garden). Translation is one thing – what it translates into, interpretation and understanding is another! Fraught with difficulties. Visuals and plain English to start with… It’ll be an interesting journey.

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