More on Geographical Name Conversion: The Process of Translation – Part II


We have explored transliteration, transcription, and exonymization; three of the four methods of geographical name conversion as established by the “Manual for the National Standardization of Geographical Names” by the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names. More recently, we started looking at the translation of geographical names; which is actually the third of […]

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More on Geographical Name Conversion: The Process of Translation – Part I


We have explored transliteration and transcription, the first and second methods of geographical name conversion as established by the “Manual for the National Standardization of Geographical Names” by the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names, thus far. Prior to this, we had dabbled with exonymization, the fourth process described by the Manual. Learning […]

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More on Geographical Name Conversion: The Process of Transcription


Now that we have explored transliteration, the first method of name conversion being the one established by the “Manual for the National Standardization of Geographical Names” by the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names, it is time to move on to the second method described, better known as, transcription. Transcription is an old […]

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More on Geographical Name Conversion: The Process of Transliteration


According to the “Manual for the National Standardization of Geographical Names” by the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names, there are four processes for the conversion of endonyms: (1) transliteration, (2) transcription, (3) translation and (4) exonymization. My last post was exactly on this fourth and last process
 Well, at least we explored […]

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An increasingly multilingual world


An infographic recently published in the South China Morning Post shows the most spoken languages in the world and its number of speakers.  It shows that in a planet which is inhabited by 7 billion people, there are approximately 7,000 languages spoken on a daily basis. Furthermore, 23 of these are spoken by over half the […]

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Indigenous Languages


The official language in Argentina is, without a doubt, Spanish. However, it is a country that has been enriched by a vast number of languages. Though it is difficult to say exactly how many, around 35 indigenous languages are spoken. Currently only thirteen of these are officially listed, and include the following: Toba, PilagĂĄ, MocovĂ­, WichĂ­, NivaclĂ©, Chorote, Ava-Chiriguano, Mbya, GuaranĂ­, Quichua Santiagueño, […]

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