The Linguist

The Linguist is CIOL's professional journal.

Cutting work

It is vital that victims of female genital mutilation can access qualified interpreting, so how can professionals prepare for such traumatic work, asks Sue Leschen

Female genital mutilation (FGM) has been illegal in the UK since 1985 and it has been illegal to take a child abroad for cutting since 2003. Yet the UK Health and Social Care Information Centre estimates that approximately 20,000 girls in the UK are at risk of FGM each year, with the most common age group being 5-9 years.

The big fat languages quiz

Test your knowledge of language-related news and entertainment in 2016. Answers are published in The Linguist, 55,6, and online here at the end of January.

A good read

1. Why was one Rome-based translator thrown into the limelight, against her wishes, in October?
2. How did Deborah Smith and Han Kang help to raise the profile of translators?
3. What did Safi Kaskas and Dr David Hungerford do to help forge understanding between Muslims and Christians?
4. With what product did Parallel Books make the news in March?