"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.
Text, Speech and Dialogue
11th International Conference, TSD 2008, Brno, Czech Republic, September 8-12, 2008, Proceedings
This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 11th International
Conference on Text, Speech and Dialogue, TSD 2008, held in Brno, Czech
Republic, September 8-12, 2008.
The 79 revised full papers presented together with 4 invited papers were
carefully reviewed and selected from 173 submissions. The topics of the
conference include, but are not limited to, text corpora and tagging;
transcription problems in spoken corpora; sense disambiguation; links
between text and speech oriented systems; parsing issues; parsing problems
in spoken texts; multi-lingual issues; multi-lingual dialogue systems;
information retrieval and information extraction; text/topic summarization;
machine translation; semantic networks and ontologies; semantic web; speech
modeling; speech segmentation; speech recognition; search in speech for IR
and IE; text-to-speech synthesis; dialogue systems; development of dialogue
strategies; prosody in dialogues; emotions and personality modeling; user
modeling; knowledge representation in relation to dialogue systems;
assistive technologies based on speech and dialogue; applied systems and
software; facial animation; and visual speech synthesis