Towards a Tool for Automatic Spelling Error Analysis and Feedback Generation for Freely Written German Texts Produced by Primary School Children

Ronja Laarmann-Quante


This paper proposes a tool for the automatic analysis of spelling errors in freely written German texts. It is based on automatic annotations of spelling errors that comprise various levels, such as linguistic properties of the target word (phonemes, syllables, morphemes) and error-related properties such as error categories which mark whether the misspelling changes the pronunciation of a word or whether the correct spelling can be derived from a related word form. These can be used to create an application that could, for example, help teachers analyze their students' orthographic skills and give feedback with little manual effort. For the future, it could also be implemented as an automatic tutoring system for children in which case the surface has to be child-oriented and should present error analysis as a kind of game. While the paper presents the capabilities of a first prototype, the concrete implementation for real-world use is open for discussion with experts on orthography instruction.


 DOI: 10.21437/SLaTE.2017-7

Cite as: Laarmann-Quante, R. (2017) Towards a Tool for Automatic Spelling Error Analysis and Feedback Generation for Freely Written German Texts Produced by Primary School Children. Proc. 7th ISCA Workshop on Speech and Language Technology in Education, 36-41, DOI: 10.21437/SLaTE.2017-7.


@inproceedings{Laarmann-Quante2017,
  author={Ronja Laarmann-Quante},
  title={ Towards a Tool for Automatic Spelling Error Analysis and Feedback Generation for Freely Written German Texts Produced by Primary School Children},
  year=2017,
  booktitle={Proc. 7th ISCA Workshop on Speech and Language Technology in Education},
  pages={36--41},
  doi={10.21437/SLaTE.2017-7},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SLaTE.2017-7}
}