Readership: All those interested in how language technology has shaped our lives
Richard Sproat, Oregon Health and Science University
"An invaluable supplement to a wide variety of courses related to language, technology, and society." - Terry Joyce, Written Language & Literacy
"Richard Sproat's canvas is exceptionally broad, as befits the subject, ranging from the clay tokens of ancient Mesopotamia and the later Egyptian hieroglyphs, through decipherment, pseudo-decipherment and literacy, to the computerization of the Chinese script and the development of machine translation. His expertise, especially in computing, is evident; his examples are varied, apposite and accessible; and his style is lucid, measured and often amusing. Language, Technology, and Society
is clearly the fruit of long reflection by the author, and this shows on every page.
" - Andrew Robinson, author of Writing and Script: A Very Short Introduction
"Steven Poole's non-fiction choice in The Guardian"
2: Writing as a Language Technology
3: How Writing Represents Language
5: Writing, Literacy, and Society
7: Modern Speech Technology
8: Language Processing and Translation
9: The Future