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The Linguist 56,6 – December 2017/January 2018

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Battle of the Babel fish In July, Australian developers Lingmo released their answer to the in-ear translation software launched by firms such as Waverly Labs. Its Translate One2One device can decode eight languages. In October, Google got in on the action with their wireless real-time translating headphones, Pixel Buds. DECEMBER 2017/JANUARY 2018 The Linguist 19 FEATURES June Scientists in Memphis announce they have successfully tested a brain-boosting drug on mice. It is shown to enhance adults' capacity for language learning by maintaining the brain plasticity that is usually lost in adolescence. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is released in its 80th language – Scots – to celebrate its 20th anniversary. do you remember? that was 2017 September The National Poetry Library launches a major new project to collect poetry in thousands of languages that are at risk of extinction. Located on London's Southbank, the library is working with SOAS to preserve at least one poem from each endangered language, with an English translation, for future generations. November A prize promoting the translation of female writers into English is awarded for the first time. The £1,000 Warwick Prize for Women in Translation is divided equally between author Yoko Tawada and translator Susan Bernofsky for Memoirs of a Polar Bear. Did we miss anything? Share your most memorable 2017 language stories on Twitter: @Linguist_CIOL. May European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker addresses a conference in French because, he says, "slowly but surely English is losing importance in Europe". Artificial Intelligence experts say machines will be better translators than amateur linguists by 2024; while a church in Wittenberg, Germany, uses a robot priest to give blessings in eight languages. October A report by Ofsted finds that some children in England never study a language after the age of 13, as schools shorten Key Stage 3 to two years in order to devote an extra year to the new, more extensive GCSE curriculum. Research confirms the 'Dutch courage' hypothesis that drinking (some) alcohol improves your skills in a foreign language. © EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT © SHUTTERSTOCK © SHUTTERSTOCK CASA DE AMERICA; 9/4/15 FLICKR CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 PRINCETON PUBLIC LIBRARY; 7/4/10 FLICKR CC BY-NC 2.0 DAVID WRIGHT; 8/7/09 FLICKR CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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