"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.
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