Dr. Erik Camayd-Freixas is Elected Inttranet™ Linguist of the Year for 2008

Bihorel, France, December 21, 2008 --(PR.com)-- Dr. Erik Camayd-Freixas has been elected Inttranet™ Linguist of the Year for 2008, for his courage in testifying as a court interpreter at the arraignments and proceedings for the immigrant workers arrested during an U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement raid in Postville, Iowa.

The Inttranet™ Linguist of the Year Awards are honorary citations recognizing the struggle – and sometimes the personal sacrifice – of interpreters and translators 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 in 2008, and the winner is elected by the members of the Inttranet™ global network of professional interpreters and translators, and by subscribers to Inttranews, the network's official news service.

Dr. Erik Camayd-Freixas accepted the Inttranet™ Linguist of the Year for 2008 award in the following terms:

"We live in changing times where the canons of ethics are being redefined in many professions. For translators and interpreters, the prime imperative is Accuracy, followed by Impartiality and Confidentiality. In cases of conflict, Accuracy governs. And today there are cases in which Accuracy must be regarded as something more than mere literal correctness.

"If we are to be more than translation machines, more than automatons, if we strive to have a conscience and a heart, we must go beyond the words, to the deeper structures of meaning. For long, linguists have taken refuge in the comfort of formal correctness, but our world has closed that loophole. That ethical shelter is no more. Our Oath of Accuracy – we now realize – means a commitment to Truth."

For further information on the Inttranet™ Linguist of the Year Awards and on the work of Dr. Erik Camayd-Freixas, please visit:

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Malcolm Duff (English)
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Natacha Minguet (French)
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