Inttranet™ “Linguist of the Year” nominees for 2006 designated

Dec. 5, 2006 – Rouen, France (Inttranet): The nominees for the Inttranet Linguist of the Year Awards for 2006 have now been designated. These honorary citations by the members of the Inttranet, the global network of professional interpreters and translators, recognize the struggle – and sometimes the personal sacrifice – of linguists who have helped increase public awareness of the importance of linguists and languages during the year. Nominees are selected in relation to the frequency and impact of their presence in the press worldwide during the year.

Previous Inttranet Linguist of the Year Award winners include noteworthy linguists such as Noam Chomsky (MIT), Alex Waibel (Carnegie Mellon), David Crystal (University of Wales), and organizations such as UNESCO.

The nominees for the Inttranet Linguist of the Year Awards for 2006 are:

Nour al-Khal
Melissa Axelrod
Dwayne Bailey
Professor Mona Baker
Vern Christensen
Sgt. Ricky Clousing
Rubén Cobos
John Elliott
Allan Enwiya
Timothy Gentner
Denys Johnson-Davies
H. Ali Kamil
Ray Kiogima
Nguyen Bich Lan
Naguib Mahfouz
Esther Martinez
Marvin Meyer
Orhan Pamuk
Daniel C. Peterson
Barbara Reyes
Debbie Reynolds
Mayada Salihi
The 216 linguists killed in Iraq in 2006

Further information on each of the nominees is available in the “Special Reports” section of Inttranews™, the official news site for the Inttranet global network of professional interpreters and translators.

Inttranet members can vote on-line throughout December; the winners of this year’s Inttranet Linguist of the Year awards will be announced in the first week of January 2007.


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