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Media: LA Times: 'Combat Linguists' Battle on Two Fronts

Submitter: Karen Chung

Submitter Email: karchung@ntu.edu.tw
Linguistic Field(s): Translation

Media Body: The Los Angeles Times
June 5, 2005

World: THE CONFLICT IN IRAQ

'Combat Linguists' Battle on Two Fronts

Interpreters, some U.S. citizens, face not just Iraqi insurgents but suspicious GIs as well.

By John M. Glionna and Ashraf Khalil, Times Staff Writers

BAGHDAD ¡X Tarik, a newly minted U.S. Army private first class, recalls his first challenge in Iraq: convincing fellow GIs he wasn't a terrorist.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-interpret5jun05.story

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Karen Chung
http://ccms.ntu.edu.tw/~karchung/
http://lists.topica.com/lists/phonetics/
Issue Number: 16.1772
Date Posted: June 06, 2005

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