Language News: Facebook translation

Facebook appears to have launched a new translation tool.  No gaurantees on how accurate it might be, but machine translation is defintely improving.  Let us know what you think!

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Dr. Jaclyn Ocumpaugh received a PhD for her dissertation on regional variation in the acoustics of Mexican American English (Michigan State University, East Lansing). Before that, she received an MA in English/Linguistics from North Carolina State University for her work on the acoustics of /r/--a sound which is highly variable in the English language. Her passion, however, has always been to understand the social implications of language variation. In addition to her work in acoustic sociophonetics, she has worked with rape trial analysis, developed cognitive methods for understanding discourse level variation between men and women, and created sophisticated tools for teaching future educators about the kinds of dialect variation they will find in the classroom. She has taught classes in English, Linguistics, and Education at Old Dominion University, William & Mary, the University of Mary Washington, and Virginia Wesleyan College. She is currently a Post Doctoral Fellow of Learning Sciences and Technologies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where she is helping to develop models of student engagement in the classroom. She also consults in the private sector.
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2 Responses to Language News: Facebook translation

  1. Erin Kiley says:

    So far, I’ve checked the pages of friends who speak Japanese, Swedish and Tagalog, and none of them had the nifty “translate” button. I was so excited, too! I want to know what my friends’ friends are saying.

    • Erin Kiley says:

      Okay, from reading the comments on your link, according to Whitson Gordon, “It does NOT work on profiles of regular people or status updates made by regular people. Again, though, it DOES work on comments made by regular people if they were made on a business/group’s page.”

      Darn.

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