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- DescriptionThis book traces the history of language techlogy from writing - the first techlogy specifically designed for language - to digital speech and other contemporary language systems. The book describes the social impact of techlogical developments over five millennia, and addresses topics such as the ways in which literacy has influenced cognitive and scientific development; the social impact of modern speech techlogy; the influence of various printing techlogies; the uses and limitations of machine translation; how far mass information access is a means for exploitation or enlightenment; the deciphering of ancient scripts; and technical aids for people with language disabilities. Richard Sproat writes in a clear, readable style, introducing linguistic and other scientific concepts as they are needed. His book offers fascinating reading for everyone interested in how language and techlogy have shaped and continue to shape our day-to-day lives.
- Author BiographyRichard Sproat is a Professor in the Center for Spoken Language Understanding and the Division of Biomedical Computer Science, Oregon Health and Science University. He has been awarded seven patents for technological innovations and is the author of A Computational Theory of Writing Systems (CUP, 2000) and co-author with Brian Roark of Computational Approaches to Syntax and Morphology (OUP, 2007).
- Author(s)Richard Sproat
- PublisherOxford University Press
- Date of Publication29/04/2010
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintOxford University Press
- Content Noteblack & white halftones, black & white tables, figures
- Weight609 g
- Width165 mm
- Height240 mm
- Spine21 mm
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