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Opportunities and limits for language awareness in text editors


Mahlow, C; Piotrowski, M (2008). Opportunities and limits for language awareness in text editors. In: Workshop on NLP for Reading and Writing - Resources, Algorithms and Tools, Stockholm, Sweden, 20 November 2008 - 20 November 2008, 14-18.

Abstract

In this paper we argue that the concept of language awareness, as known from programmer’s editors, can be transferred to writing natural language and word processors.
We propose editing functions which use methods from computational linguistics and take the structures of natural languages into consideration. Such functions could reduce errors and better support writers in realizing their communicative goals. We briefly compare characteristics of programming languages and natural languages and their processing tools with respect to their suitability for being used in language-aware functions in editors. However, linguistic methods have limits, and there are various aspects software developers have to take into account to avoid creating a solution looking for a problem: Language-aware functions could be powerful tools for writers, but writers must not be forced to adapt to their tools.

In this paper we argue that the concept of language awareness, as known from programmer’s editors, can be transferred to writing natural language and word processors.
We propose editing functions which use methods from computational linguistics and take the structures of natural languages into consideration. Such functions could reduce errors and better support writers in realizing their communicative goals. We briefly compare characteristics of programming languages and natural languages and their processing tools with respect to their suitability for being used in language-aware functions in editors. However, linguistic methods have limits, and there are various aspects software developers have to take into account to avoid creating a solution looking for a problem: Language-aware functions could be powerful tools for writers, but writers must not be forced to adapt to their tools.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Computational Linguistics
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
410 Linguistics
Uncontrolled Keywords:language-awareness, natural language processing
Language:English
Event End Date:20 November 2008
Deposited On:27 Feb 2009 11:00
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:52
ISSN:1736-6305
Additional Information:Proceedings of the Workshop on NLP for Reading and Writing – Resources, Algorithms and Tools (SLTC 2008). Editors: Rickard Domeij, Sofie Johansson Kokkinakis, Ola Knutsson and Sylvana Sofkova Hashemi. NEALT Proceedings Series, Vol. 3 (2009), 14-18.
Official URL:http://dspace.utlib.ee/dspace/handle/10062/8696
Related URLs:http://dspace.utlib.ee/dspace/handle/10062/4117 (Publisher)
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-11162

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