"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.
The Integration of Phonetic Knowledge in Speech Technology
Continued progress in Speech Technology in the face of ever-increasing
demands on the performance levels of applications is a challenge to the
whole speech and language science community. Robust recognition and
understanding of spontaneous speech in varied environments, good
comprehensibility and naturalness of expressive speech synthesis are goals
that cannot be achieved without a change of paradigm. This book argues for
interdisciplinary communication and cooperation in problem-solving in
general, and discusses the interaction between speech and language
engineering and phonetics in particular. With a number of reports on
innovative speech technology research as well as more theoretical
discussions, it addresses the practical, scientific and sometimes the
philosophical problems that stand in the way of cross-disciplinary
collaboration and illuminates some of the many possible ways forward.
Audience: Researchers and professionals in speech technology and