"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.
Contentwise, this is not a typical JLM issue. It contains two main sections: EDITORIALS and ARTICLES. The former, EDITORIALS, consists of three papers: a note from the editors, Stuart Shieber's position paper on Creative Commons and Stefan Müller's position paper on Open Access in Linguistics. This way JLM joins the discussion about publishing models in science and makes a clear statement in support of maximal openness.
This issue's ARTICLES section, on the other hand, consists of four papers by partners of CESAR (http://cesar.nytud.hu/), a recently finished European project which sponsored the launch of the Journal of Language Modelling.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
“Journal of Language Modelling” Adam Przepiórkowski
“The Case for the Journal's Use of a CC-BY License” Stuart M. Shieber
“A Personal Note on Open Access in Linguistics” Stefan Müller
“Slovak Morphosyntactic Tagset” Radovan Garabík, Mária Šimková
“The Bulgarian National Corpus: Theory and Practice in Corpus Design” Svetla Koeva, Ivelina Stoyanova, Svetlozara Leseva, Rositsa Dekova, Tsvetana Dimitrova, Ekaterina Tarpomanova
“Derivational and Semantic Relations of Croatian Verbs” Krešimir Šojat, Matea Srebačić, Marko Tadić
“Exploiting Prosody for Syntactic Analysis in Automatic Speech Understanding” György Szaszák, András Beke