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Words in Time and Place: Exploring Language Through the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary

By David Crystal

Offers a unique view of the English language and its development, and includes witty commentary and anecdotes along the way.


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The Indo-European Controversy: Facts and Fallacies in Historical Linguistics

By Asya Pereltsvaig and Martin W. Lewis

This book "asserts that the origin and spread of languages must be examined primarily through the time-tested techniques of linguistic analysis, rather than those of evolutionary biology" and "defends traditional practices in historical linguistics while remaining open to new techniques, including computational methods" and "will appeal to readers interested in world history and world geography."


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Title: A decision-theoretic framework for the evaluation of language models used in speech recognizers
Author: J. R. Deller
Institution: Michigan State University
Author: K. H. Desai
Institution: Michigan State University
Author: Y. P. Yang
Institution: Michigan State University
Linguistic Field: Computational Linguistics
Abstract: An analytical method for design and performance analysis of language models (LM) is described, and an example interactive software tool based on the technique is demonstrated. The LM performance analysis does not require on-line simulation or experimentation with the recognition system in which the LM is to employed. By exploiting parallels with signal detection theory, a profile of the LM as a function of the design parameters is given in a set of curves analogous to a receiver-operating-characteristic display.

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This article appears IN Natural Language Engineering Vol. 11, Issue 4, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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