Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 2nd May 2008 20:52 UTC, submitted by irbis
In the News One of the biggest problems facing the European Union today is the fact that within its borders, 23 languages are spoken. This means that all the important documents have to be translated by a whole army of translators, which costs the taxpayer more than 1 billion Euros a year - and companies trading within the EU spend millions more. The EU-funded TC-STAR project aims to tackle this issue with technology: a system that eats speech in one language, and outputs that same speech in another.
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RE: natural development
by Trenien on Sat 3rd May 2008 16:30 UTC in reply to "natural development"
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"it's the language of business and the language of science"
I'll not discuss the "language of business" part, however I will as for the "language of science" one. Except for Mathematics, there is no language for sciences.

Fun fact: a few years ago, the Chinese were very interested in learning French because they wanted to be able to read major medical publications in their native language.
Considering how inept the current high level (French) decision-makers are I'm not sure how that ended up, but the willingness was there.

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RE[2]: natural development
by unclefester on Sun 4th May 2008 01:21 in reply to "RE: natural development"
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There are now virtually no prestigious science journals in languages other than English. All major papers are now first submitted to English language science journals.

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RE[3]: natural development
by camel on Sun 4th May 2008 12:31 in reply to "RE[2]: natural development"
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All major papers are now first submitted to English language science journals.

Dont take that as a given for the future. There was a time, not too long ago, where the language in many scientific fields was german. (Try to look up physics papers from the turn of the 20th century)

Things can change. Is it inconceivable that some asian language will take that spot?

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