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On Improving the Accuracy of Readability Classification using Insights from Second Language Acquisition
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We investigate the problem of readability assessment using a range of lexical and syntactic measures originally designed to measure language development in the production of second language learners and study their impact on predicting the grade level of texts. Expand
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Detecting Errors in Part-of-Speech Annotation
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We propose a new method for detecting errors in "gold-standard" part-of-speech annotation. Expand
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Evaluating Answers to Reading Comprehension Questions in Context: Results for German and the Role of Information Structure
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We present the first results for content assessment of reading comprehension activities for German and present results which are competitive with the current state of the art for English. Expand
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The MERLIN corpus: Learner language and the CEFR
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We present the MERLIN corpus, a written learner corpus for Czech, German, and Italian as a second language that has been designed to illustrate and validate the level system of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) with authentic learner data. Expand
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Towards interlanguage POS annotation for effective learner corpora in SLA and FLT
Learner corpora can serve as a teaching resource for Foreign Language Teaching (FLT) and contribute empirical insights for Second Language Acquisition (SLA) research. To support effective queryingExpand
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On using intelligent computer-assisted language learning in real-life foreign language teaching and learning
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This paper explores the motivation and prerequisites for successful integration of Intelligent Computer-Assisted Language Learning (ICALL) tools into current foreign language teaching and learning (FLTL) practice. Expand
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Readability Classification for German using Lexical, Syntactic, and Morphological Features
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We investigate the problem of reading level assessment for German texts on a newly compiled corpus of freely available easy and difficult articles, targeted at adult and child readers respectively. Expand
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Exploring Syntactic Features for Native Language Identification: A Variationist Perspective on Feature Encoding and Ensemble Optimization
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We investigate different types of feature representations in single- and cross-corpus settings, including two representations inspired by a variationist perspective on the choices made in the linguistic system. Expand
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A Web-based Instructional Platform for Contraint-Based Grammar Formalisms and Parsing
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We propose the creation of a web-based training framework comprising a set of topics that revolve around the use of feature structures as the core data structure in linguistic theory, its formal foundations, and its use in syntactic processing. Expand
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