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ProZ.com Newsletter: March 2017

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(1) Translation News roundup for March
(2) Jhumpa Lahiri on her translation of Domenico Starnone
(3) "Lord of the CATs" or "Pride, Prejudice and Proofreading"?
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(1) Translation News roundup for March

ProZ.com Translation News is one way of staying up to date on what is happening in translation, language, and technology (note the Oxford comma! You may have already read about that in the news this month. If not, read on!). Here are some highlights of news items from March:

Translation / Interpreting
* Jhumpa Lahiri talks about her translation of Domenico Starnone’s "Ties"
* How do Star Wars movies get dubbed? It's not as straightforward as you might think
* Netflix introduces Hermes, a platform for screening its translators

* Why don’t we write words the way pronounce them?
* The comma that was missing, went to court, and changed the outcome of a case...
* Dictionaries are making a "comeback", thanks to social media
* Interview with the linguist behind the film "Arrival"

* IBM reaches a new record in speech recognition
* New bots can learn to chat in their own language
* Computers are getting better at recognizing authors by their works

* Translators without Borders: winners of 2017 Access to Knowledge Awards announced
* Warwick Prize for Women in Translation 2017: open for submissions starting April 3rd
* In the Albertine Prize: readers' choice for best contemporary French fiction translated into English, voting is open until April 30th.

See all this and more translation-related news at http://www.proz.com/translation-news/

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(2) Jhumpa Lahiri talks about her translation of Domenico Starnone’s "Ties"

Jhumpa Lahiri is an author, Pulitzer Prize winner, and the translator behind the recently-published English version of Domenico Starnone's "Ties".

"As the translator of 'Ties' into English, I too have had to break open a formidable container: the container of Italian. For many years I have searched within that box, trying to piece together a new sense of myself. My relationship to Italian incubates and evolves in a sacred vessel I hold dear. My impulse has been to guard it, to not contaminate it.

Then I read 'Ties' when it was published in Italy, in the autumn of 2014, and fell in love with it. I had not yet translated anything from Italian to English. In fact, I was resistant to the idea. I was immersed in Italian, in a joyous state of self-exile from the language (English) and the country (the United States) that have marked me most significantly. But the impact of this novel overwhelmed me and my desire, as soon as I read it, was to translate it someday."


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Thanks once again for reading. I hope your April has as few showers as possible, yet enough to bring those May flowers.

Happy translating,

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