"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.
Note: This is the paperback edition of a previously announced book.
Memory-based language processing - a machine learning and problem solving
method for language technology - is based on the idea that the direct reuse
of examples using analogical reasoning is more suited for solving language
processing problems than the application of rules extracted from those
examples. This book discusses the theory and practice of memory-based
language processing, showing its comparative strengths over alternative
methods of language modelling. Language is complex, with few
generalizations, many sub-regularities and exceptions, and the advantage of
memory-based language processing is that it does not abstract away from
this valuable low-frequency information. By applying the model to a range
of benchmark problems, the authors show that for linguistic areas ranging
from phonology to semantics, it produces excellent results. They also
describe TiMBL, a software package for memory-based language processing.
The first comprehensive overview of the approach, this book will be
invaluable for computational linguists, psycholinguists and language