ISCA International Workshop on Speech and Language Technology in Education (SLaTE 2011)

Venice, Italy
August 24-26, 2011

Identifying Targets for Syntactic Simplification

Julie Medero, Mari Ostendorf

Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA

Most work on automatic text simplification considers lexical difficulty separate from syntactic simplification. In this study, we use both factors together to predict a variety of sentence changes, including the standard problems of splitting and shortening, as well as expanding to define difficult words that are important to the topic. We leverage a variety of lexical and parse features, as well as a score of the relatedness of a sentence to the topic of its document.
Index Terms. text simplification, parse complexity

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Bibliographic reference.  Medero, Julie / Ostendorf, Mari (2011): "Identifying targets for syntactic simplification", In SLaTE-2011, 69-72.