"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.
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The papers collected in this volume exemplify some of the trends in current
approaches to logic, language and computation. Written by authors with
varied academic backgrounds, the contributions are intended for an
interdisciplinary audience. The first part of this volume addresses issues
relevant for multi-agent systems: reasoning with incomplete information,
reasoning about knowledge and beliefs, and reasoning about games. Proofs as
formal objects form the subject of Part II. Topics covered include:
contributions on logical frameworks, linear logic, and different approaches
to formalized reasoning. Part III focuses on representations and formal
methods in linguistic theory, addressing the areas of comparative and
temporal expressions, modal subordination, and compositionality