"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.
Automated question answering - the ability of a machine to answer
questions, simple or complex, posed in ordinary human language - is one of
today's most exciting technological developments. It has all the markings
of a disruptive technology, one that is poised to displace the existing
search methods and establish new standards for user-centered access to
This book gives a comprehensive and detailed look at the current
approaches to automated question answering. The level of presentation is
suitable for newcomers to the field as well as for professionals wishing
to study this area and/or to build practical QA systems. The book can
serve as a "how-to" handbook for IT practitioners and system developers.
It can also be used to teach advanced graduate courses in Computer
Science, Information Science and related disciplines. The readers will
acquire in-depth practical knowledge of this critical new technology.