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|The Language Service Industry|
The language services and products industry encompasses translation (written, or text-to-text translation), interpretation (oral, or speech-to-speech translation) language training, machine translation, language testing, and human language technology (technologies designed to replicate and respond to the human voice). During the past 15 years, this industry has experienced rapid growth.
Globalization and localization, or the need to tailor products and services linguistically and culturally to a particular market, have contributed significantly to the development of the industry, along with the expansion of the European Union, burgeoning geo-political concerns, and an increase in non-English-speaking U.S. citizens.