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If everybody starts writing and speaking a dumbed-down version of English, either because it is faster, cheaper, more convenient or because they believe it is the inescapable consequence of globalisation, is there a future for the language professions?

asked 12 Oct '11, 22:21

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Vincent Buck

...this subject has been broached in several other questions here (and of course elsewhere) my best answer would be that markets are changing and will continue to change (which isn't all bad!)and if the language professions survived the Roman empire (and others, with an official language) they should survive global EN, not least by adapting and striving to show the difference between communication in global EN and through professional interpreters. This being said, some occasions which used to call for interpretation will dispense it, as already is the case (albeit with varying degrees of success)... but I don't think all will... of course, IT may kick in but that's another question :-)

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answered 27 Jan '12, 12:07

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Global English is formally known as English as a lingua franca, or ELF. The 'dumbed-down' nature that you claim is actually a collection of traits that are distinct from other varieties of English (American, British, etc.).

So, the quick question is yes. T/I will survive the trend, because ELF and 'English' are not perfect substitutes. The problem, faced by the T/I industry, is then how to distinguish what is done by translators/interpreters of English from what is done when one ELF user speaks to another ELF user.

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answered 03 Jun '16, 09:02

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