RESEARCH PAPERS: Design Technology

International Technology Transfer—Who Should Learn the Second Language?

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F. W. Eyre

The SNC Group, Complexe Desjardins, Montreal, Canada

J. Mech. Des 103(2), 335-341 (Apr 01, 1981) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3254912 History: Received March 01, 1980; Online November 17, 2009


The widening gap between Developed and Developing countries places a burden on Engineers to improve the quantity and quality of technology transfer to the developing countries. Language is an essential element of technology transfer in a two language situation, but receives inadequate attention. The objective of this paper is to show that although powerful arguments exist for using the language of origin of technology for technology transfer, and this usually means English, there are compelling arguments to the contrary. Examination of languages in use, the communication mechanism, cultural considerations, and experience in Quebec and elsewhere are used to support the proposition.

Copyright © 1981 by ASME
Topics: Engineers
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