Letter from the president: AIIC and multilingualism

No concept is more fashionable these days than multilingualism. At the start of the new millennium, AIIC launched a New Multilingualism Project (that later led to the creation of our Teranga Network); the European Union has a Commissioner for Multilingualism, and finally, 2008 has been declared the International Year of Languages by the UN. This is the perfect time to take stock of this seductive but rather ambiguous concept.

A statistical portrait of AIIC: 2005-06

Demography, stress, language needs, market demand and workload are just some of the elements contributing to a panoramic view of an association with nearly 2800 members spread over more than 90 countries. This executive summary covers some of the highlights gleaned from responses to the online questionnaires for the years 2005 and 2006. Members can read the full 42-page report and see regional breakdowns on the AIIC Extranet. And don't forget to participate in the 2007 survey on the Extranet.

Language in the news

AIIC has chosen professional secrecy as a subject for special discussion at its next assembly. There may be a lot of time before we meet in Nice in January 2009, but to lubricate our mental gears for the run-in, let's take a look at websites with something to say about ethics and interpreting in general.