Language, Technology, and Society

Hardcover | May 30, 2010

byRichard Sproat

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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 topicssuch as the ways in which literacy has influenced cognitive and scientific development; the social impact of modern speech technology; the influence of various printing technologies; the uses and limitations of machine translation; how far mass information access is a means for exploitation orenlightenment; 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 technology have shaped and continue to shape our day-to-day lives.

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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 topicssuch as the ways in which literacy has influe...

Richard 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 o...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:May 30, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Preliminaries2. Writing as a Language Technology3. How Writing Represents Language4. Decipherment5. Writing, Literacy, and Society6. history7. Modern Speech Technology8. Language Processing and Translation9. The Future