"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.
Towards a Multifunctional Lexical Resource
Design and Implementation of a Graph-based Lexicon Model
What are the principles according to which lexical data should be represented
in order to form a lexical database that can serve as a basis for the
construction of several different monofunctional dictionaries? Starting from
the notion of lexicographic functions as defined by Henning Bergenholtz and
Sven Tarp, this question is approached by analysing how current electronic
dictionaries and lexical resource models attempt to satisfy the needs of
different types of users in different usage situations, in order to identify
general requirements on the model for a lexical resource that aims to be
“multifunctional” in the above sense. Based on this analysis, this book
explores the use of formalisms developed in the context of the semantic web
to approach both general and specific lexicographic questions, in particular
the representation of multi-word expressions and their properties and
relations. In doing so, this book not only addresses several topics which are
of relevance to lexicographers and computational linguists alike, but also
supports its claims by providing a prototypical implementation of a
multifunctional lexical resource using semantic web formalisms.