"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.
Survey of the State of the Art in Human Language Technology
Languages, in all their forms, are the more efficient and natural means for
people to communicate. Enormous quantities of information are produced,
distributed and consumed using languages. Human language technology's main
purpose is to allow the use of automatic systems and tools to assist humans
in producing and accessing information, to improve communication between
humans, and to assist humans in communicating with machines. This book,
sponsored by the Directorate General XIII of the European Union and the
Information Science and Engineering Directorate of the National Science
Foundation, USA, offers the first comprehensive overview of the human
language technology field.