"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more
To find some answers Tim Machan explores the language's present and past, and looks ahead to its futures among the one and a half billion people who speak it. His search is fascinating and important, for definitions of English have influenced education and law in many countries and helped shape the identities of those who live in them.
This volume provides a new perspective on the evolution of the special language of medicine, based on the electronic corpus of Early Modern English Medical Texts, containing over two million words of medical writing from 1500 to 1700.
Visualizing Document Processing
Innovations in Communication Patterns and Textual Forms
The book aims to encourage multiple perspective read-ing attitudes, which are meant to trigger and inspire new ways of viewing and engineering information. An innovative linguistic theory as well as a new model for text generation and text understanding are illustrated. The linguistic theory, enhanced by a novel artificial intelligence-based approach, will help readers to acquire information engineering skills and may be implement-ed in the design of knowledge management systems.
From the Contents:
Chapter 1: Introduction to a new way of looking at language and information
Chapter 2: The physics of language
Chapter 3: Introduction to the communicative positi-oning program and text representation systems (CPP-TRS)
Chapter 4: CTML: A mark-up language for annotating context sensitive documentation
Chapter 5: The making of specialized knowledge through metaphors and analogies