113: How Translation Reveals the History of a City

February 10, 2021

In episode 113 of Globally Speaking, we talk to Dr. Sherry Simon, Distinguished University Research Professor at Concordia University in Montreal, about the role of translation in shaping a city’s history. We look at how people’s perspectives of cities change depending on language, the traces translation leaves on cities and how a traveler should seek to understand a city through ‘ghost signs’. Tune in to hear all this and more.

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Dr. Sherry Simon is a Distinguished University Research Professor at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. She’s an expert in the effect that translation has on our cities and landscapes. Dr. Simon has won several notable awards for her work and writing and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In her 20+ years as an educator in language, she has held visiting positions at universities in Mexico, France, Italy, Puerto Rico, Belgium, India, Sweden, Austria and the US.


Matthew Cottingham

Matthew Cottingham

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Matthew Cottingham is a Program Director at RWS who focuses on content streaming, quality and publishing for large enterprises. A self-proclaimed ‘Storyteller at Scale,’ he has touched the lives of many through exceptional content.

With 20 years of industry experience, he is passionate about the opportunity to develop a range of software tools, products and services for his clients. His long list of achievements in help systems, developer support, streaming entertainment and consumer marketing, among others, have been developed and deployed on a global scale.

Matt lives in Kirkland, Washington, and is owned by a yellow dog and a black cat. In his free time, he is a script-writer.

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