Words & language
More Than Words: Translation and Interpretation
Join some brilliant translators for a discussion that focuses on translation in and beyond the arts. Our panellists, including Nobuko Aiso and Kylie Bracknell, will discuss the mysterious processes – as well as the perceived and inevitable barriers – of their work. Who gets translated and why? What are some specific challenges of translation in the arts? How does a translator’s own experience (of life and language) infuse their work?
At this Asia TOPA event at the Wheeler Centre, hosted by Stephen Armstrong, we talk about the possibilities, politics, future and mystery of translation.
Presented by the Wheeler Centre for Asia TOPA. Asia TOPA is a joint initiative of the Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne and is supported by the Australian and Victorian Governments.
Do Not Ask for Whom the Pinball Chimes
Can we cheat death with words? Of course we can't – but we'll probably die trying, as David Astle attested at the Wheeler Centre Gala 2017.
Are you a word-loving parent … but your kids are yet to encounter Shakespeare? Let us facilitate an introduction.
The Tempest, rich with themes of illusion, romance and magic, is a great place to start. It’s a story of power, conspiracy, revenge and sacrifice. It’s also a tale of trust and responsibility; of forgiveness and love; of human spirit…
More Than Words: Translation and Interpretation
Gregory Rabassa, revered translator of Gabriel García Márquez, wrote that ‘every act of communication is an act of translation.’ Even when speaking the same tongue, we so often get our wires crossed. It’s not just words but gestures, tone, cultural context and, of course, silence that convey meaning – intentionally or otherwise. Translation between languages is at once fraught (Umberto…
Radiolab, Risk and Genius: Jad Abumrad and Andrew Denton
Radiolab is one of the world’s most popular podcasts. Admired for its gentle explorations of big questions, the show – which was collecting listeners in their millions long before podcasting arrived at the mainstream’s door – has won many significant awards. Abumrad himself has been awarded a prestigious MacArthur Genius Grant, and his incredibly labour-intensive sound designs complement killer editorial instincts and an elegant, accessible sense of curiosity.
In Melbourne for the first time, Abumrad chats with veteran broadcaster Andrew Denton. Perhaps best known for his landmark interview show Enough Rope, Denton’s first podcast, Better Off Dead – produced in partnership with the Wheeler Centre – topped Australia’s iTunes chart, drew widespread acclaim and stirred passionate public debate about voluntary assisted dying in this country.
Hear from one of the world’s foremost storytellers about creative discomfort, Australian inspiration, the music of language, the challenges now facing podcasters and communicators, and the hot, curious power of the uncertain.
'There's no room for serendipity in podcasting for people who don't agree with you. Unless you're one of those people who seeks out disagreement; those people are rare.'You may also like Barbara Arrowsmith-Young / Science & technology Annalee Newitz: Scatter, Adapt and Remember / Science & technology Art & us: Art & science / Science & technology Immunisation: When science isn’t enough / Science & technology Does science fiction give us an unrealistic expectation that we can effectively inhabit Mars? Questions on discovery, imagination and progress / Science & technology
With Upulie Divisekera, Cory Doctorow, Sammy J and 1 otherSong Exploder and the Art of the Edit / Music
With Hrishikesh Hirway and Miyuki JokirantaPJ Vogt / Radio
With PJ Vogt and Ben BirchallStarlee Kine on Storytelling / Radio
With Ben Birchall and Starlee Kine
Pundemonium: One Hour of Solid Puns
What do Shakespeare, Eminem, Dorothy Parker, Daily Mirror sub-editors and your dad have in common? The love of puns!
We’re opening up a can of words (oof!) on 9 November and inviting some of our punniest friends to the Wheeler Centre to unleash their most gasp-inducing, groan-generating and perhaps even mind-altering feats of paronomasia. (That’s a fancy word for ‘pun’…
Anything and everything in Words & language from across our archives.
The Interrobang: A Festival of Questions
Why are so many people intimidated by poetry, but love song lyrics? Alan Brough
OK Rules, OK?
How does an expression of uncertain provenance and contested spelling, for which each language already has its own long-standing version, take over the world? Allan Metcalf, author of OK: The Improbable Story of America’s Greatest Word, has published an introduction on the expression and its spread across the world. With several alternative spellings (okay, o.k. and ok), the term seems to have originated…
Save Your Words
Whenever a new edition of the dictionary is released there’s lots shiny new words appearing, but what about the losers? To make room, hundreds of old words are pushed out of the dictionary and subsequently from our language.
Enter Save the Words, a site that suggests you adopt an endangered word. It works by clicking on a word, say pugnastics (definition: displays of boxing…
Untranslatable Words for Your Holiday
Before you jet off on holiday, you might want to pack a few untranslatable words to get you through those times when using the English words - only LOUDER - just won’t cut it.
Matador network offer a helpful list of 20 Awesomely Untranslatable Words from Around the World, beginning the tour with Russian stopover: toska. They cite Vladimir Nabokov’s definition:
Are you OK or okay?
If your finger hovers over the “a” key after writing “ok” then you’re not alone. Roy Blount from the New York Times recently puzzled over what the correct spelling was.
Blount traces the first use of okay back to a bad joke about mispelling:
“The first use of OK in print, in The Boston Morning Post of March 23, 1839, was a joke: “o.k…
Solving the Puzzling DA
Click to watch video.
Geoffrey Rush called him “the Sergeant Pepper of cryptic crosswords” but crossword maker David Astle dances with words daily. If you ever wondered how Saturday’s cryptic is created then this is the insight into the mind and madness of the country’s toughest setter better known by his initials DA. Some say it stands for “Don’t Attempt” and as a setter…
Explore these other subjects, across our site.