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Predicting the Spelling Difficulty of Words for Language Learners

Beinborn, Lisa and Zesch, Torsten and Gurevych, Iryna (2016):
Predicting the Spelling Difficulty of Words for Language Learners.
In: Proceedings of the 11th Workshop on Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications held in conjunction with NAACL 2016, San Diego, CA, USA, [Online-Edition: http://m-mitchell.com/NAACL-2016/BEA/pdf/BEA1108.pdf],
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Abstract

In many language learning scenarios, it is important to anticipate spelling errors. We model the spelling difficulty of words with new features that capture phonetic phenomena and are based on psycholinguistic findings. To train our model, we extract more than 140,000 spelling errors from three learner corpora covering English, German and Italian essays. The evaluation shows that our model can predict spelling difficulty with an accuracy of over 80% and yields a stable quality across corpora and languages. In addition, we provide a thorough error analysis that takes the native language of the learners into account and provides insights into cross-lingual transfer effects.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Erschienen: 2016
Creators: Beinborn, Lisa and Zesch, Torsten and Gurevych, Iryna
Title: Predicting the Spelling Difficulty of Words for Language Learners
Language: English
Abstract:

In many language learning scenarios, it is important to anticipate spelling errors. We model the spelling difficulty of words with new features that capture phonetic phenomena and are based on psycholinguistic findings. To train our model, we extract more than 140,000 spelling errors from three learner corpora covering English, German and Italian essays. The evaluation shows that our model can predict spelling difficulty with an accuracy of over 80% and yields a stable quality across corpora and languages. In addition, we provide a thorough error analysis that takes the native language of the learners into account and provides insights into cross-lingual transfer effects.

Title of Book: Proceedings of the 11th Workshop on Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications held in conjunction with NAACL 2016
Uncontrolled Keywords: UKP_a_WALL;UKP_p_AutoExerGen;UKP_a_ENLP;UKP_reviewed
Divisions: 20 Department of Computer Science
20 Department of Computer Science > Ubiquitous Knowledge Processing
DFG-Graduiertenkollegs
DFG-Graduiertenkollegs > Research Training Group 1994 Adaptive Preparation of Information from Heterogeneous Sources
Event Location: San Diego, CA, USA
Date Deposited: 31 Dec 2016 14:29
Official URL: http://m-mitchell.com/NAACL-2016/BEA/pdf/BEA1108.pdf
Identification Number: TUD-CS-2016-0077
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