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Top Five Tips for Working with an Interpreter

If you ever have to work with people who don’t speak any of the same languages as you, you will probably have to use an interpreter to make yourself understood. Interpreters are a highly valuable resource for cross-cultural communication -- but when things go wrong, they can go very wrong.

What’s in a Word? Cultural Adaptability and Basic Language Learning

An earnest desire to learn a local language — even a few words — can create bridges and trust that would not otherwise be possible.

Understanding Asia: US Companies In Action

What makes companies succeed and fail in Asian countries? This article looks at numerology and its importance in both Asian cultures and markets.

Rapport and Local Languages

Guest-blogger Jena Barchas-Lichtenstein writes about the struggles in building rapport across different cultures.

The Journal of Culture, Language and International Security - Dec 2014

The title of this issue is Global Solutions. The articles featured inside in one way or another consider solutions to ongoing global problems or provide knowledge and/or skills to those organizations and their personnel as they go about supporting missions and operations to help resolve conflict and other crises and disasters.

Toward a Dialect Theory: Cultural Differences in the Expression and Recognition of Posed Facial Expressions

Two studies provided direct support for a recently proposed dialect theory of communicating emotion, positing that expressive displays show cultural variations similar to linguistic dialects, thereby decreasing accurate recognition by out-group members.

Constraint on Merge: The Roots of the Lexical/Functional Divide

This paper addresses the following questions: is (external) merge, the binary operation that combines two elements into a constituent in every variant of the Minimalist Program (Chomsky, 1993, 1995 and related works), an unconstrained operation? If so, what avoid generating ill-formed structures?

The National Language Service Corps completes a successful year in 2013

2013 was a good year for the National Language Service Corps (NLSC). Read why here.