In this volume, we are publishing three centuries of Cyrillic and Glagolitic alphabet tables from Western sources. The illustrations presented here have been enhanced, cleaned up and digitally restored. Most of them have never been published in such a high quality before.
In times of an ever increasing amount of data and a growing diversity of data types in different application contexts, there is a strong need for large-scale and ﬂexible indexing and search techniques. Metric access methods (MAMs) provide this flexibility, because they only assume that the dissimilarity between two data objects is modeled by a distance metric. Furthermore, scalable solutions can be built with the help of distributed MAMs.
Both IF4MI and RS4MI, which are presented in this thesis, represent metric access methods. IF4MI belongs to the group of centralized MAMs. It is based on an inverted file and thus offers a hybrid access method providing text retrieval capabilities in addition to content-based search in arbitrary metric spaces. In opposition to IF4MI, RS4MI is a distributed MAM based on resource description and selection techniques. Here, data objects are physically distributed. However, RS4MI is by no means restricted to a certain type of distributed information retrieval system. Various application ﬁelds for the resource description and selection techniques are possible, for example in the context of visual analytics. Due to the metric space assumption, possible application fields go far beyond content-based image retrieval applications which provide the example scenario here.
Bias Volume 18 is a book that is dedicated to critically unpack the meaning of the call to re-write the Bible made by the first President of Zimbabwe, Canaan S. Banana in 1991. In this book, the author engages with Banana’s written works and makes critical observations regarding the call to re-write the Bible. This book argues that re-writing was proposed as a means to an end by Banana. It is demonstrated that what Banana intended was eradicating injustice, violence and inequality in the Middle East which was fuelled by the “ideology of chosenness”, which was sustained by a use of the Bible. Once it became clear the end was not re-writing the Bible, this work moved on to consider alternative means to achieving the same end. The search for alternatives leads the author to consider “the way of Europe”, that is, de-biblification or a watered down de-biblification, which is named partial de-biblification in this work. Finally, the author proposes a “critical biblification” as a viable alternative to re-writing or de-biblification. This book, in honour of Banana, calls for socially and contextually relevant biblical studies.
GRAID (Grammatical Relations and Animacy in Discourse) is a system for annotating natural discourse, designed to be applicable to a maximally large and typologically diverse set of languages. The annotations target referential expressions in texts, noting the form, person value, and animacy values, and are thus primarily of interest for researchers working on issues such as referential density (Bickel 2003), or Preferred Argument Structure (Du Bois 2003). The aim of the annotation is to provide a set of tagging categories and procedures to enable quantitative comparison across corpora from different languages to be made. The Manual sets out the rationale for the system, discusses different theoretical approaches, illustrates the main features and discusses problematic cases. An index with the core inventory of symbols is included at the end of the manual.