"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.
Current and New Directions in Discourse and Dialogue
This volume is unique in its breadth of coverage on key topics in the field from a variety of leading researchers. In one volume, readers gain exposure to several perspectives in the areas of corpus annotation and analysis, dialogue system construction; as well as theoretical perspectives on communicative intention, context-based generation, and modelling of discourse structure.
In this book you will find high quality articles representing current and new directions in discourse and dialogue with an emphasis on Dialogue Systems; Corpora and Corpus Tools; and Semantic and Pragmatic Modelling of Discourse and Dialogue. The majority of the articles included come from the most outstanding papers presented at the 2nd SIGdial workshop on Discourse and Dialogue held in conjunction with Eurospeech 2001. The contents are supplemented with four invited papers from internationally recognized researchers in discourse and dialogue.
Audience: researchers and practitioners in dialogue and discourse processing.