Jargon or Genuine – The Use of South African Languages in Election Campaigns

It is estimated that more than 25 million South Africans are registered to vote in the 2014 elections. The parties involved are pulling out all the stops to reach as many diverse voters as possible. There have been rallies, debates, interviews, campaign posters and television adverts, with much difficulty for some parties (http://mg.co.za/article/2014-04-28-da-launches-new-election-ad-eff-marches-over-sabc-ban), all with … Read More

Translating between German and English

German and English are both Germanic languages belonging to the Indo-European language family. As such, they share certain features. Examples are cognates such as Sommer/summer, trinken/drink and kommen/come. When it comes to translating between German and English, the devil lies in the differences, so to speak. German syntax and the German tense system differ greatly … Read More

What makes a great editor?

The work of a good editor, like the work of a good teacher, does not reveal itself directly; it is reflected in the accomplishments of others. (William Shawn, editor of The New Yorker from 1952 until 1987) A good editor does not tell you what to say, or even how to say it. Good professional … Read More

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