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The effectiveness of lexicographic tools for optimising written L1-texts

Wolfer, Sascha and Bartz, Thomas and Weber, Tassja and Abel, Andrea and Meyer, Christian M. and Müller-Spitzer, Carolin and Storrer, Angelika (2018):
The effectiveness of lexicographic tools for optimising written L1-texts.
In: International Journal of Lexicography, Oxford University Press, pp. 1-28, 31, (1), ISSN 0950-3846,
DOI: 10.1093/ijl/ecw038,
[Online-Edition: https://academic.oup.com/ijl/issue/31/1],
[Article]

Abstract

We present an empirical study addressing the question if and to which extent lexicographic writing aids improve text revision results. German university students were asked to optimise two German texts using (1) no aids at all, (2) highlighted problems or (3) highlighted problems accompanied by lexicographic resources that could be used to solve the specific problems. We find that participants from the third group improve the most problems and introduced the fewest semantic distortions during revision. Also, they reached the highest overall score and are most efficient (as measured in points per time). The second group with highlighted problems lies between the two other groups in almost every measure we analyse. We discuss these findings in the scope of intelligent writing environments, the effectiveness of writing aids in practical usage situations and teaching dictionary skills.

Item Type: Article
Erschienen: 2018
Creators: Wolfer, Sascha and Bartz, Thomas and Weber, Tassja and Abel, Andrea and Meyer, Christian M. and Müller-Spitzer, Carolin and Storrer, Angelika
Title: The effectiveness of lexicographic tools for optimising written L1-texts
Language: English
Abstract:

We present an empirical study addressing the question if and to which extent lexicographic writing aids improve text revision results. German university students were asked to optimise two German texts using (1) no aids at all, (2) highlighted problems or (3) highlighted problems accompanied by lexicographic resources that could be used to solve the specific problems. We find that participants from the third group improve the most problems and introduced the fewest semantic distortions during revision. Also, they reached the highest overall score and are most efficient (as measured in points per time). The second group with highlighted problems lies between the two other groups in almost every measure we analyse. We discuss these findings in the scope of intelligent writing environments, the effectiveness of writing aids in practical usage situations and teaching dictionary skills.

Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Lexicography
Volume: 31
Number: 1
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Uncontrolled Keywords: UKP_a_WALL;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
Date Deposited: 31 Dec 2016 14:29
DOI: 10.1093/ijl/ecw038
Official URL: https://academic.oup.com/ijl/issue/31/1
Additional Information:

Published online 13 October 2016.

Identification Number: TUD-CS-2016-1454
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