Margaret L.
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Apr 4, 2014 Margaret L. commented on SL Letter of the Day: Math Is Hard!.
Can't believe no one wrote in about the more basic math error. When you go from 2 to 3, that's not an increase of 33%, it's an increase of 50%.
Dec 21, 2013 Margaret L. commented on Seattle Men's Chorus Will Continue Working with Sign Language Interpreter Deemed "Unqualified" by Deaf Community.
Chris B @81: Your right, I should have stuck to the domain of language for my analogy. Here's the revised version:

Suppose your organization provides an English/Spanish simultaneous translator for public performances. Then you discover -- oops! -- he doesn't have any training in simultaneous translation, and, worse, isn't even fluent in Spanish. Native Spanish-speakers say he's not producing coherent Spanish.

Do you a) keep him and send him to remedial Spanish classes because monolinguals think he's great and love to listen to "that Spanish-sounding stuff, it's so beautiful!", and anyway you're not sure you believe those native Spanish speakers, maybe this is just a matter of personal preference among hispanics?

Or b) fire his unqualified ass, no matter how much you like him personally?
Dec 20, 2013 Margaret L. commented on Seattle Men's Chorus Will Continue Working with Sign Language Interpreter Deemed "Unqualified" by Deaf Community.
And just for fun, here is a video of a comedian playing on the differences between bad (in this case overly-literal) interpreting, and interpreting that goes for the SENSE, using the resources of ASL:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2nX41Kvn…

Also, check out the ASL Shakespeare Project, for a glimpse into how truly skilled artistic interpretation can work:
http://www.yale.edu/asl12night/project.h…
Dec 20, 2013 Margaret L. commented on Seattle Men's Chorus Will Continue Working with Sign Language Interpreter Deemed "Unqualified" by Deaf Community.
Sargon Bighorn: "I would think the accuracy goes WAY UP but then the translator is still signing when the chorus has gone silent 6 minutes ago." This is simply not how skilled interpreting works, especially for an artistic performance where they've had a chance to work out their interpretation in advance. It requires a great deal of skill and experience to be able to be able to jump the gulf between one language and another, and get across not only the literal sense but also the naturalistic intention, and do it compactly. This is what interpreters learn to do in all their years of training.
Dec 20, 2013 Margaret L. commented on Seattle Men's Chorus Will Continue Working with Sign Language Interpreter Deemed "Unqualified" by Deaf Community.
floater: "I don't understand why deaf people are going to a concert." Being deaf doesn't always mean being stone deaf. Many people are deaf enough that spoken language cannot function as their primary language, but with enough residual hearing to be able to enjoy music. (It's about certain frequencies getting distorted when you partially lose hearing. It's complicated.)
Dec 20, 2013 Margaret L. commented on Seattle Men's Chorus Will Continue Working with Sign Language Interpreter Deemed "Unqualified" by Deaf Community.
MacCrocodile: "demands that go beyond what is reasonable." The offered "reasonable" solution of keeping him and training him is like saying, "Okay, this physics teacher doesn't actually know how to teach physics, but we'll keep him on and train him to do it better." (When there are a ton of qualified physics teachers out there looking for a job, and when their training took years and the passing of difficult certification tests.)

Nov 25, 2013 Margaret L. commented on "White House-Backed Gay 'Activist' Dan Savage Slams 'Kiddy-F*cking Catholic Priests'.
I dunno, heartfelt@14. I was pro-gay-rights as a teenager, back in the freaking '70's, and in the complete absence of knowing that I knew anyone gay. It was the result of a basic ability to do moral reasoning about a situation I myself hadn't experienced. There is a real difference between conservatives and liberals in this regard.
Nov 6, 2013 Margaret L. commented on Savage Love.
@35: "I'm guessing the thing he wants to do is think about himself and what he wants, which doesn't get to be your sole focus once you have kids." THIS.

I don't think it's about items X, Y, and Z on his bucket list. I think it's about not wanting to be a responsible grownup day-in-day-out. Which is legit, I guess. It's just more petty than the narrative he's telling about himself.
Jun 9, 2013 Margaret L. commented on Slog Bible Study: 1 Timothy 5:23.
Good advice, if your water supply is tainted.
May 10, 2013 Margaret L. commented on Why Marital Rape Actually Is a Crime.
I know this is a minor point, but getting a B.A. doesn't make you a linguist, any more than being an undergraduate physics major makes you a physicist. This attempt to round herself up is pathetic. And then insinuating that what linguists care about is fixed definitions of particular words, which just goes to show how little she learned in her linguistics classes in college.