"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.
Language is one of the most challenging issues that remains to be explained
from the physiological and psychological points of view. As a complex
system, its formal modelling and simulation present important difficulties.
Models proposed up to now have not been able to give either a coherent
explanation of natural language or a satisfactory computational model for
the processing of natural language. To investigate natural language, we
need to cross traditional academic boundaries in order to solve the
different problems related to language. This book is an attempt to connect
and integrate several academic disciplines and technologies in the pursuit
of a common task: the study of language. The main goal of the book is to
boost the interchange of knowledge and viewpoints between specialists who,
working on linguistics, biology or computation, have an interest in
bringing their methods together in order to provide innovative and
challenging tools and formalisms to approach and improve theories and
models on languages. The subject of this book will attract researchers from
many fields who are interested in natural or artificial languages and want
to enrich their scientific research with theories, methods and ideas coming
from different disciplines. People dealing with linguistics, computer
science, formal language theory and biology may find in this book new and