"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 Resources and Lexical Knowledge
Selected Papers from the 9th Conference on Natural Language Processing KONVENS 2008
This book contains selected state-of-the-art contributions to the 9th
conference on natural language processing, KONVENS 2008 (Konferenz zur
Verarbeitung natürlicher Sprache), with the central theme: text resources
and lexical knowledge. The collection is unique in its placement of focus
on the interaction between both of the above-mentioned fields, illustrating
in particular the importance of methods in corpus linguistics for building
lexical resources on the one hand, and the relevance of lexical resources
for the analysis of and intelligent search methods for text corpora on the
other. The selected articles all present novel approaches to one of three
different research areas which in turn define the three parts of the book:
* Techniques and models for the linguistic analysis of text resources:
contributions from computational linguistics
* Methods and tools for the acquisition of lexical knowledge from digitized
and linguistically annotated text resources
* Approaches to the representation of lexical knowledge in digital media
for various purposes.