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"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



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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.


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Title: Creating and Digitizing Language Corpora Volume 1
Subtitle: Synchronic Databases
Edited By: Joan C. Beal
Karen P Corrigan
Hermann L. Moisl
URL: http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?PID=269933
Description:

A range of electronic corpora has become increasingly accessible via the
WWW and CD-ROM. This development has coincided with improvements in the
standards governing the collecting, encoding and archiving of such data.
Less attention, however, has been paid to making other types of digital
data available - especially that which one might describe as
'unconventional', namely, dialects, child language and bilingual databases.
Advances in technology have enabled the collection and organisation of such
data sets into a growing number of user-friendly electronic corpora. The
latter have the potential to offer new insights into linguistic universals,
for instance, since they allow, for the first time, rapid and systematic
comparisons between first and second language/dialects across both social
and geographical space. This book provides state-of-the-art methods and
guidelines for creating and digitising these resources taking full
advantage of the dramatic recent improvements in computing and analytical
tools.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Discipline of Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1403943664
ISBN-13: 9781403943668
Pages: 272
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