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Why do languages die?

If you ask people in the street how many languages they think there are in the world, answers will vary. A joke says that a random sampling of New Yorkers resulted in inspiring answers such as “probably several hundred.” Clearly, this is quite far away from what we know today.  Funny enough, estimates have escalated over time. In 1911, the Encyclopedia Britannica implied a figure somewhere around 1,000 languages around the world at the time. That number escalated during the 20th century. During the course of time, 7,097 distinct languages have been catalogued according to the most extensive catalog of the world’s languages by Ethnologue (published by SIL International), generally accepted to be the authority in the field. Of course the number of languages has not multiplied in 100 years. In fact, languages die. It is our understanding of what a language is and how many languages are actually spoken in areas that previously had not been researched. Although it is hard to […]

Pangeanic at UN-EU Procurement Forum

Pangeanic was an attendee at the United Nations/European Union (UN-EU) Procurement Forum in New York late April, 2007. As part of the Spanish Trade Mission, Pangeanic representatives met UN staff, the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank, who were eager to find out more about our translation processes. A strong emphasis was placed on translation automation and the possibility of implementing machine translation processes to language production. Pangeanic is a registered supplier to the United Nations and a reliable, professional supplier of translation services. It is a member of TAUS and a supplier of post-editing services to the European Union.   Next time you think languages, think Pangeanic Your Machine Translation Customization Solutions