Julia Kupper

Julia Kupper

Talent Manager at Contently.

Managing Contently's international network of creatives. Also passionate about linguistics, knitting, and penguins.

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Grammatical Genders in Different Languages | TranslateMedia

When speaking of grammatical genders, one might wonder what grammar has to do with sex. Not much, to be honest. The original meaning of ‘gender’ was ‘race’, ‘type’ or ‘kind’. As a matter of fact, ‘gender’ has the same origin as ‘genre’ and ‘genus’. But then, the Greek philosophers decided to complicate things once again and started using the noun genos (‘type’ or ‘race’) to refer to one specific division of things into three types: males (humans and animals), females and inanimate objects. From Greek, this passed on to Latin and consequently to other European languages, including Old English...

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Old English: The Language of the Anglo-Saxons | TranslateMedia

Old English is an early form of the English language and dates from the mid-5th to late 11th century A.D. It was written and spoken by the Anglo-Saxons in modern-day England and the eastern and southern parts of Scotland. Old English is part of the West Germanic branch of the Germanic languages, a sub-group of the Indo-European language family...

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Punctuation in Different Languages | TranslateMedia

Punctuation marks structure and organise written language, but also indicate pauses and intonation when reading aloud. The origin of punctuation lies in classical rhetoric, the art of oratory. When a speech was prepared in ancient Rome and Greece, marks were used to indicate where and for how long a speaker should pause. These pauses were named after the sections they divided...

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The Origins of Two of English's Most Popular Swear Words | TranslateMedia

Swear words have existed in the English language since the days of our forebears – and their forebears, too. We would have a much better understanding of their etymology if people had not been too afraid to write them down, but back in the days they were used far more in common speech than in easily traceable written forms. Many editors refused to include them in their dictionaries, but luckily, the evidence for most swear words comes from records of court proceedings, where people’s spoken language was recorded verbatim..

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The Top 5 Constructed Languages in Films and TV Shows | TranslateMedia

The Festival De Cannes (Cannes Film Festival) will start in less than one week and we thought it would be interesting to conduct some research into the best constructed film languages. We have based our findings on the syntactical (system for creating sentences), phonological (sound system) and grammatical (structural rules) complexity of each language. But first things first…

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Does Language Affect our World View? | TranslateMedia

The question of where language comes from has been an interesting, yet controversial issue for many centuries. There are two dominant theories on how different languages lead their speakers to contrasting thoughts and perceptions:
Noam Chomsky, the renowned linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician and professor, proposed the theory that all languages share the same universal grammar, the same underlying concepts, the same degree of systematic complexity...

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Dying Languages | TranslateMedia

magine being the last person of your people to speak your language. With no possibility to pass on the wisdom of your ancestors, the cultural heritage, your way of expressing your love, your humour, your life.
According to the UNESCO, it is estimated that, if nothing is done, half of our over 6000 languages spoken today will die out by the end of this century...

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Shakespeare's Influence on Modern English & Pronunciation | TranslateMedia

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) is without a doubt one of the greatest writers of the English language. He has written some great poems and over 39 surviving plays over a period of only twenty years. The language in which Shakespeare wrote is referred to as Early Modern English, a linguistic period that lasted from approximately 1500 to 1750. The language spoken during this period is often referred to as Elizabethan English or Shakespearian English...

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The Notorious Oxford Comma | TranslateMedia

The Oxford comma is an optional comma that is also known as the serial or Harvard comma. It clarifies meaning when it is placed before conjunctions, such as or & and in a series of three or more terms in a sentence.
The Oxford comma got its name from the Oxford University Press where printers, editors and readers traditionally used it. It is somehow ironic that the PR department at Oxford University no longer uses the serial comma...

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The Semantic Web and Machine Translation | TranslateMedia

“The Web of today is about documents, the Semantic Web is about things and how these things are related to each other”
But what exactly does this mean?
So far, computers only recognise how you say things (i.e. the syntax) but not the meaning of the words (i.e. the semantics). When you use a search engine, thousands of documents are scanned which contain the words or phrases that you look for; this word-matching process is a rather low level search...

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Borrowed Terms in the English Language | TranslateMedia

Have you ever wondered why there are three different concepts for one word in the English language, for instance weird, odd and strange? This is because native and foreign terms co-exist in English: weird derives from Old English, odd from Old Norse and strange from Old French...

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Noam Chomsky's Interview Lost in Translation | TranslateMedia

Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned political activist, linguists, and philosopher, has accused the Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak of fabricating parts of a recent interview which the newspaper conducted with him.
The Turkish daily published a front page article headlined “The Arab Spring Has Now Found Its True Spirit”...

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Expected Internet Population Boom in 2013 Will Require Localisation | TranslateMedia

In a recent article, WIRED magazine stated that over 200 million people will connect to the internet for the first time in 2013 – and they will mainly experience their first online entrance from countries such as Latin America, Asia and Africa...

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Language & Tool-Making Skills Evolved Together | TranslateMedia

A recently published study by the University of Liverpool has found that the same brain activity is used for language production and making complex tools. Consequently, the findings support the theory that they evolved at the same time...

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Can the Language You Speak Affect Your Finances and Health? | TranslateMedia

Keith Chen, a behavioural economist at Yale University, is convinced that there is a connection between economics, how you feel about the future and how your language forces you to talk about the future.
It is a proven fact that many languages express concepts differently. The Russian linguist Roman Jakobson once said that ‘languages differ essentially in what they must convey and not in what they may convey’...