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“We have given you, O Adam, no visage proper to yourself, nor endowment properly your own, in order that whatever place, whatever form, whatever gifts you may, with premeditation, select, these same you may have and possess through your own judgement and decision […] We have made you a creature neither of heaven nor of earth, neither mortal nor immortal, in order that you may, as the free and proud shaper of your own being, fashion yourself in the form you may prefer.”
Oration on the Dignity of Man – Giovanni Pico della Mirandola

The tower of Babel

published on 11 10 2017

The Castella school, in the Raval district of Barcelona, is an authentic Tower of Babel: in a class of 25 students we can find a dozen nationalities and around ten languages. But this linguistic diversity seems small when we expand the scale of observation. In Catalonia there are inventoried more than 300 different languages, and in the world they are known between 5,000 and 6,000. However, humanity is not a mishap, we have the ability to learn more than one language and now, moreover, we are developing machine translation tools. That’s why a little chat might clarify that.
Speakers Carme Junyent, Faculty of Philology, UB, Joan Veny, Institut d’Estudis Catalans & UB, Imma Garrabou, teacher at Castella School, Albert Costa, ICREA, Center for Brain and Cognition – UPF, Toni Hernández, School of Art and Design of Terrassa and Jordi Luque, Telefónica I + D.