Tag: research

  • Would like to hear from people who read my thesis

    Would like to hear from people who read my thesis

    In the four years since my master’s thesis was published by Western Oregon University on Digital Commons, it has been downloaded 2,036 times. Oddly, though, I have not heard from readers or seen it cited. What strange times we live in! If you read my thesis, please email me@danielgreene.com or leave a comment to let me know how you used […]

  • Bimodal interpreters, not just sign language interpreters

    Sign language interpreters are spoken language interpreters too To talk about our work, it helps to have efficient terms that accurately define it. Typically, we ASL/English interpreters call ourselves “sign language interpreters,” while we call (for example) Spanish/English interpreters “spoken language interpreters.” Yet signed language is only half our language pair; the other half is spoken language; therefore, […]

  • Computerized interpretation of vague language for Web searches

    It’s great to see how people other than “interpreters” are implementing the “interpretation” of vague language for practical applications! Panos Alexopoulos, in his presentation Vagueness in Semantic Information Management, discusses how Internet engineers can design databases with search capabilities that can “interpret” what consumers mean when they say they are looking for, say, a “Big, modern restaurant.” […]

  • Milestone: 250 downloads of my thesis on vague language so far

    Milestone: 250 downloads of my thesis on vague language so far

    Digital Commons tells me my thesis on vague language has been downloaded 250 times as of today. That’s a far cry from the handful of people who read a thesis that’s bound and shelved! You can read the abstract and get the PDF at no cost: Keeping it vague: A study of vague language in an […]

  • Writing about language using italics

    When I wrote my master’s thesis on vague language, I often cited vague words and phrases. At first I put them in quotation marks, but the quotes cluttered the pages, and by the time I was ready to publish, I wondered if I should use italics instead. I used APA style*, so I consulted my APA […]