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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: Language, Technology, and Society
Written By: Richard W Sproat
URL: http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199549382.do
Description:

This book traces the history of language technology from writing - the first
technology specifically designed for language - to digital speech and other
contemporary language systems. The book describes the social impact of
technological developments over five millennia, and addresses topics such as
the ways in which literacy has influenced cognitive and scientific
development;
the social impact of modern speech technology; the influence of various
printing
technologies; the uses and limitations of machine translation; how far mass
information access is a means for exploitation or enlightenment; the
deciphering
of ancient scripts; and technical aids for people with language disabilities.

Richard Sproat writes in a clear, readable style, introducing linguistic
and other
scientific concepts as they are needed. His book offers fascinating reading
for
everyone interested in how language and technology have shaped and continue
to shape our day-to-day lives.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
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Versions:
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0199549389
ISBN-13: 9780199549382
Pages: 304
Prices: U.K. £ 25.00
U.S. $ 45.00