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It's Been Said Before

By Orin Hargraves

It's Been Said Before "examines why certain phrases become clichés and why they should be avoided -- or why they still have life left in them."

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Sounds Fascinating

By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: Language, Technology, and Society
Written By: Richard W Sproat

This book traces the history of language technology from writing - the first
technology specifically designed for language - to digital speech and other
contemporary language systems. The book describes the social impact of
technological developments over five millennia, and addresses topics such as
the ways in which literacy has influenced cognitive and scientific
the social impact of modern speech technology; the influence of various
technologies; the uses and limitations of machine translation; how far mass
information access is a means for exploitation or enlightenment; the
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
everyone interested in how language and technology have shaped and continue
to shape our day-to-day lives.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0199549389
ISBN-13: 9780199549382
Pages: 304
Prices: U.K. £ 25.00
U.S. $ 45.00