The volume comprises a selection of papers presented at the conference on language development titled 'Estonian in Europe', held in Tallinn in March 2001 to open the European Year of Languages 2001 in
Estonia. The main aim of the conference was to discuss the processes and developments in progress in both Estonian and other languages at the turn of the millennium, and factors influencing various languages. The papers are divided into three sections according to their content:
Language and society - the increasing importance of languages and their implementation in functional domains in current Europe, with special attention to the condition of and outlook for the languages spoken on the shores of the Baltic Sea;
Language and technology - the current situation, development prospects, and requirements of language technology;
Language and structure problems of orthography and pronunciation, word formation, lexicology, syntax, semantics, language acquisition.
The authors of the articles are Ö. Dahl (Stockholm), M. Rannut (Tallinn), H. Tommola (Tampere), I. Druviete (Riga), B. Klaas (Tartu),
E. Meister (Tartu), H. Õim (Tartu), M. Mihkla (Tallinn), G. Dias (Lisboa), H.-J. Kaalep (Tartu), T. Tenbrink ( Hamburg), M. Hint (Tallinn), K. Pajusalu (Tartu / Helsinki), R. Kasik (Tartu), S. Vare (Tallinn), J. Toyota (Manchester), T. Salasoo (Sydney), S. Liiv (Tallinn), U. Sutrop (Tallinn), L. Erilt (Los Angeles).
Table of Contents:
Preface and Acknowledgements
LANGUAGE AND SOCIETY
Östen Dahl. The Ecology of Languages
Mart Rannut. Postmodern Trends in Current Language Development
Hannu Tommola. What Happens to Our Languages?
Ina Druviete. The Latvian Language in the 21st Century World
Birute Klaas. Estonians and the Estonian Language in Southern Sweden and Lithuania
LANGUAGE AND TECHNOLOGY
Einar Meister, Haldur Õim. Estonian Language Technology - Where Do We Stand?
Meelis Mihkla. Evaluation of the uality of Estonian Text-to-speech
Synthesis and Future Developments of TTS System
Gaul Dias, Heiki-Jaan Kaalep. Automatic Extraction of Multiword Units for Estonian: Phrasal Verbs
Thora Tenbrink. Communicative Aspects of Human-Robot Interaction
LANGUAGE AND STRUCTURE
Mati Hint. The Syllabic Foundations of Estonian Orthography
Karl Pajusalu. What Has Changed in Estonian Pronunciation: the Making of Estonian Accents
Reet Kasik. Morphology of Loan-Verbs in the Estonian Language
Silvi Vare. Back-Formation of Verbs in Estonian
Junichi Toyota. Locativisation in Hiberno-English: Simple or Complex
Tiiu Salasoo. A Step in the Search for an Explanation of the
Acquisition of Estonian
Suliko Liiv. The Role and the Use of English Loanwords in Estonian
Press: their Assimilation Process
Urmas Sutrop. Development of Smell Terms in Estonian: Smells in Poetry
Lumme Erilt. Meaning as a Theory