"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.
Syntax-Based Collocation Extraction is the first book to offer a
comprehensive, up-to-date review of the theoretical and applied work on
word collocations. Backed by solid theoretical results, the computational
experiments described based on data in four languages provide support for
the book’s basic argument for using syntax-driven extraction as an
alternative to the current cooccurrence-based extraction techniques to
efficiently extract collocational data. The work described in Syntax-Based
Collocation Extraction focuses on using linguistic tools for corpus-based
identification of collocations. It takes advantage of recent advances in
parsing to propose a novel deep syntactic analytic collocation extraction
that has applicability to a range of important core tasks in Computational
Linguistics. The book is useful for anyone interested in computational
analysis of texts, collocation phenomena, and multi-word expressions in