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Translation, Language Standardization, and Globalization

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April 2021

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Online

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As the world becomes ever more interconnected, translating between one language and another will increase in importance. In order to facilitate global understanding, translation practice tends to rely on simple, standard forms of a language. However, language standardization can lead to the compression of different accents, contexts, and vocabularies into one form of a language that may not completely and accurately represent any one of the existing forms of the language. Language standardization can be positive in some ways, as it may help create a national identity for a country and allow for smoother international relationships between countries. However, it can also have negative consequences, such as leading to the loss of the history and culture associated with a language. Both views should be respected as they both have merit. Despite the opposing viewpoints about language standardization, it can be, for the most part, traced back to one thing - globalization. Translation and translation-studies are perfectly positioned to understand globalization and anti-globalization viewpoints. It is also necessary to understand the role that technology plays in globalization and language standardization as well as highlight the importance of translators when communicating between two languages.

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Translation, Language Standardization, and Globalization

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As the world becomes ever more interconnected, translating between one language and another will increase in importance. In order to facilitate global understanding, translation practice tends to rely on simple, standard forms of a language. However, language standardization can lead to the compression of different accents, contexts, and vocabularies into one form of a language that may not completely and accurately represent any one of the existing forms of the language. Language standardization can be positive in some ways, as it may help create a national identity for a country and allow for smoother international relationships between countries. However, it can also have negative consequences, such as leading to the loss of the history and culture associated with a language. Both views should be respected as they both have merit. Despite the opposing viewpoints about language standardization, it can be, for the most part, traced back to one thing - globalization. Translation and translation-studies are perfectly positioned to understand globalization and anti-globalization viewpoints. It is also necessary to understand the role that technology plays in globalization and language standardization as well as highlight the importance of translators when communicating between two languages.