"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.
Computational Linguistics/Semantics Question from a Student
I have received the following query from one of my students. I lack the knowledge to answer the question. If you have any answer or readings I could direct him to, I would appreciate it. Elizabeth Winkler
Would you happen to know what computational linguists have to say on the Transmitter vs. Receiver Oriented language topic? For example, is there a structural difference between the two that is detectable by algorithm?
Also, how well do humans differentiate the two? How well do speakers of different languages do so?