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Words in Time and Place: Exploring Language Through the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary

By David Crystal

Offers a unique view of the English language and its development, and includes witty commentary and anecdotes along the way.


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The Indo-European Controversy: Facts and Fallacies in Historical Linguistics

By Asya Pereltsvaig and Martin W. Lewis

This book "asserts that the origin and spread of languages must be examined primarily through the time-tested techniques of linguistic analysis, rather than those of evolutionary biology" and "defends traditional practices in historical linguistics while remaining open to new techniques, including computational methods" and "will appeal to readers interested in world history and world geography."


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Title: The Linguistic Basis of Text Generation
Written By: Laurence Danlos
Description:

This study presents an original and penetrating analysis of the complex
problems surrounding the automatic generation of natural language text.
Laurence Danlos provides a valuable critical review of research in this
important and increasingly active field and goes on to describe a
theoretical model that is thoroughly grounded in linguistic principles. The
model emphasises the semantic, syntactic and lexical constraints that must
be dealt with when establishing a relationship between meaning and form and
it is consideration of such linguistic constraints that determines Danlos’
generation algorithm. The book concludes with a description of a generation
system based on this algorithm which produces texts in several domains and
also a system for the synthesis of spoken messages from semantic
representation. The book is a significant addition to the literature on
text generation and will be of particular interest to all computational
linguists and AI researchers who have wrestled with the problem of
vocabulary selection.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780521108492
Prices: U.K. £ 17.99
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