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The winners of the Exploring the Boundaries of Translation contest!

We would like to thank everyone who participated in this contest. We received many excellent submissions from a wide array of languages that demonstrated an extraordinary breadth of linguistic knowledge and sensitivity to cultural (mis)understandings. Most impressive of all was the awareness of language as symbolic form and power: how meaning is made through language…

Welcome to Roxana Wang!

It is with great pleasure that the BLC introduces our very first Undergraduate Outreach Coordinator: Roxana Wang! Roxana is a second-year student studying Comparative Literature, German, and Classics (albeit with an occasional dip into Political Economy). She is considering a career as a philologist but has no idea how to become one. The focus of…

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  Give to the Berkeley Language Center When you give to the Berkeley Language Center Fund you support the learning and teaching of 59 languages at UC Berkeley! Founded in 1994, the Berkeley Language Center (BLC) is housed in the Division of the Arts and Humanities of the College of Letters and Sciences. The BLC…

Kimberly Vinall Executive Director of the Berkeley Language Center kvinall@berkeley.eduCVOffice29 Dwinelle Kimberly Vinall received her PhD in Education at the University of California, Berkeley and her MA in Hispanic Literature at the University of Arizona. In her teaching and research, she explores how learners’ and teachers’ understandings of cultural and linguistic differences are mediated by…

Lectures by BLC Fellows (A. Bellezza, M. Kim, J. Vivrette, U. Bhattacharya) , April 30, 2010

Presentations by the Spring 2010 BLC Fellows: Audio for all presenters is available below, for both streaming and download. “Teaching Italian through Theatre: A performative approach” by Annamaria Bellezza, Lecturer, Italian Studies Theatre provides the ultimate interactive experience, and as such it represents a powerful, holistic, and comprehensive approach to foreign language teaching, serving as…

Lecture by Lera Boroditsky, April 16, 2010

How the Languages We Speak Shape the Ways We Think by Lera Boroditsky, Assistant Professor, Stanford University, Department of Psychology. How do the languages we speak shape the ways we think? Do speakers of different languages think differently? Does learning new languages change the way you think? Do bilinguals think differently when speaking different languages?…

Lecture by Jerrold Cooper, March 2, 2010

The Representation of Language in the Earliest Writing Systems by Jerrold Cooper, Professor Emeritus, The Johns Hopkins University, Department of Near Eastern Studies. Why and how did early civilizations develop graphic representations of language? Answers will be sought by examining so-called “pristine” writing systems that arose in the Middle East, China, and Mesoamerica. Although these…

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