ISCA Archive SLaTE 2009
ISCA Archive SLaTE 2009

Analysis of vocabulary difficulty using Wiktionary

Julie Medero, Mari Ostendorf

Assessing vocabulary difficulty is useful for finding and creating texts at low reading levels. Prior work has focused on characteristics such as word length and word frequency. In this work, we explore whether other cues might be useful, using features extracted from Wiktionary entries. Comparing words in comparable articles in Standard and Simple English Wikipedia, we find that words that appear in Standard but not Simple English tend to have shorter definitions, fewer part-of-speech types and word senses, and fewer languages that they have been translated into.


Cite as: Medero, J., Ostendorf, M. (2009) Analysis of vocabulary difficulty using Wiktionary. Proc. Speech and Language Technology in Education (SLaTE 2009), 61-64

@inproceedings{medero09_slate,
  author={Julie Medero and Mari Ostendorf},
  title={{Analysis of vocabulary difficulty using Wiktionary}},
  year=2009,
  booktitle={Proc. Speech and Language Technology in Education (SLaTE 2009)},
  pages={61--64}
}