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The Linguist 53,4

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Vol/53 No/4 2014 AUGUST/SEPTEMBER The Linguist 3 CONTENTS News & editorial WHAT THE PAPERS SAY… . . 5 INSIDE PARLIAMENT . . . . . . 6 Russian in the UK WORKING IN THE SHADOWS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Author and translator Q&A on the challenges of rendering Russian magic realism in English A RUSSIAN RENAISSANCE . 10 Charting the UK resurgence of Russian fiction SPREADING THE NEWS . . . 12 Inside a media agency working in 26 countries Features ALL SYSTEMS GO . . . . . . . . 14 How Microsoft creates its translation engines A REMOTE POSSIBILITY . . . 16 The technology behind remote interpreting LET'S GET PHYSICAL: SECONDARY TEACHING . . 18 Insights into the classroom environment SCREENING FOR QUALITY . 20 How do subtitle companies ensure quality? The editor reserves the right to edit all material submitted. Views expressed in The Linguist are not necessarily the official views of the Chartered Institute of Linguists. All rights of reproduction, translation and adaptation reserved for all countries. The Chartered Institute of Linguists, The Linguist, and officers accept no responsibility collectively or individually for the service of agencies or persons advertised or announced in the pages of this journal. The good faith with which we publish offers no implied/implicit guarantee. 18 20 The Linguist Editor Miranda Moore Email: Sales Deborah Butler Tel: +44 (0) 20 7940 3100; Email: Editorial Board Ms D Butler BA(Hons) (ex officio) Ms J Fraser MA DipTrans IoLET FCIL FHEA FITI Ms A M Graham BA DipTrans IoLET AMIOEE Mr D Luddy BA PGCE Mr K Moffitt BSc DipTrans IoLET MCIL MITI Ms M Moore BA (ex officio) Prof J Munday BA MEd PhD PGCE DipTrans IoLET MCIL Mr K Paver MA (Oxon) PgDip MCIL MITI (Chair) Mr A Peacock BA (ex officio) The Chartered Institute of Linguists: Dunstan House, 14a St Cross Street, London EC1N 8XA;; +44 (0) 20 7940 3100; Royal Patron HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO President Dr N Bowen BSc MA PhD Dip TEFL RSA HonFCIL Vice-Presidents Dr Martyn Bond MA (Cantab) DPhil HonFCIL Prof T J Connell MA BPhil DLitt PGCE FCIL Mrs A Corsellis OBE BA HonFCIL Baroness J Coussins MA HonFCIL Prof D Crystal OBE PhD FCSLT HonFCIL FRSA Mr R Hardie MA FCA HonFCIL Dr J M Mitchell CBE MA DrPhil FCIL Members of Council Mr T Bell MA MPhil FCIL (Hon Treasurer) Mr J Farmer MA MCIL Prof H Fulford BA MA PhD FCIL MBCS FHEA Dr M-M Gervais-le Garff MA Doct 3e Cycle FCIL Ms D Langton MA DipTrans IoLET MCIL Ms M J Lee MA DPSI MCIL Mr K Moffitt BSc DipTrans IoLET MCIL MITI (Chair) Mrs C Pocock DipTrans IoLET FCIL (Vice-Chair) Mrs J A Ridgway BA FCIL MCMI Ms K Stokes MA (Oxon) DipTrans IoLET MITI FCIL CL (Translator) Mr P Shipman BSc (Hons) MScCEng MIMechE MCIL Executive Director CIOL Mr A Peacock BA IoL Educational Trust The examinations are provided under the auspices of the IoL Educational Trust. Senior officers: Prof C J Pountain MA PhD HonFCIL (Chair) Ms A Carlisle MA (Executive Director IoLET) Printed by Hastings Printing Company, St Leonards-on-Sea. Published six times a year and distributed free of charge to all members. Annual subscription £44 post free. Overseas subscription £59 (airmail Europe), £63 (airmail rest of world). ISSN 0268-5965 The Linguist is online at and via The Linguist The Linguist, formerly The Incorporated Linguist, is the official journal of the Chartered Institute of Linguists. NOW YOU'RE TALKING . . . 22 Why language exchanges are big business SHIPSHAPE IN FRENCH . . . 24 A mission to uncover Victorian nautical terms A MODULARISED FUTURE . 26 Why students are taking a flexible approach to language study at university Reviews BOOKS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 COURSES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Opinion & comment IN MY OPINION… . . . . . . . 29 Should interpreters be addressed informally? LETTERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Institute matters OPEN COMMUNICATION . 31 Meet Marketing Manager Debbie Butler DIVISIONS & SOCIETIES . . 32 FRONT COVER © THINKSTOCK © ISTOCKPHOTO

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