Category Archives: Linguistics

How to Retard a Language

In this articleThe Guardian argues that the switch to the Latin script “partly aims to distance country from Russia”. The Read More

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A Chinese Approach to Language Question

Any respectable IT company seeks to embrace as many languages as possible. When you localize, say, your software product, new customers are definitely won. For example, one may not like Microsoft as a nearly monopoly Read More

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Fuzzy Names


There are many organizations throughout the world, which have been improperly named. When dealing with such titles, one cannot describe the nature of the organizations for sure. Let's examine briefly telltale examples from Germany, Kazakhstan, and USA.


An amazing collection, dedicated to the science and technology, is located in Munich, Germany. It bears an irrelevantly patriotic name – Deutsches ...

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No Budget for Spelling and Style


Windows Vista Home Premium in Kazakh is notorious for its spelling mistakes and loose style. Although it was created under the aegis of a multi-billion corporation, they apparently practiced too much frugality on basic spellcheck and competent editors. Native Kazakh speakers would raise their eyebrows, learning how their mother tongue is strangely distorted by software nerds. «Control Panel» is especially ill-fated in the Kazakh version. True, it was translated correctly as «Басқару тақтасы» (Basqaru taqtasy). But, in the toolbar of «My Computer» it ...

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Suum Cuique

Today, English is the leading international language. Well, it is not as musically sweet as Italian. It also doesn't possess the exotic richness of Chinese. English-speaking thinkers haven't composed treaties, comparable to the ones by German-speaking philosophers. However, its undisputable status of the worldwide lingua franca definitely has certain deep-rooted causes. You might win a lottery, but the global dominance can't be achieved by chance. ...

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