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Language-aware text editing


Mahlow, C; Piotrowski, M; Hess, M (2008). Language-aware text editing. In: LREC-2008 Workshop on NLP Resources, Algorithms and Tools for Authoring Aids, Marrakech, Morocco, 1 June 2008 - 1 June 2008, 9-13.

Abstract

While software developers have various power tools at their disposal that make the writing of computer programs more efficient, authors of texts do not have the support of such power tools. Text processors still operate on the level of characters and strings rather than on the level of word forms and grammatical constructions. This forces authors to constantly switch between low-level, character oriented, editing operations and high-level, conceptual, verbalisation processes. We suggest the development of language-aware text editing tools that simplify certain frequent, yet complex editing operations by defining them on the level of linguistic units. Pluralizing an entire noun phrase plus the verb forms governed by it would be an ambitious example, swapping the elements of a conjunctive construction a more modest one. We describe a pilot implementation for German where these operations are seamlessly integrated with the standard functions of an existing open-source editor. The operations can be invoked on demand and do not intrude on the authoring process. Changes can be performed locally or globally, thus simplifying the writing process considerably, and making the resulting texts more consistent.

While software developers have various power tools at their disposal that make the writing of computer programs more efficient, authors of texts do not have the support of such power tools. Text processors still operate on the level of characters and strings rather than on the level of word forms and grammatical constructions. This forces authors to constantly switch between low-level, character oriented, editing operations and high-level, conceptual, verbalisation processes. We suggest the development of language-aware text editing tools that simplify certain frequent, yet complex editing operations by defining them on the level of linguistic units. Pluralizing an entire noun phrase plus the verb forms governed by it would be an ambitious example, swapping the elements of a conjunctive construction a more modest one. We describe a pilot implementation for German where these operations are seamlessly integrated with the standard functions of an existing open-source editor. The operations can be invoked on demand and do not intrude on the authoring process. Changes can be performed locally or globally, thus simplifying the writing process considerably, and making the resulting texts more consistent.

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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:computational linguistics, natural language processing, interactive editing, writing
Language:English
Event End Date:1 June 2008
Deposited On:11 Dec 2008 10:18
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:38
Official URL:http://www.lrec-conf.org/proceedings/lrec2008/workshops/W23_Proceedings.pdf
Related URLs:http://perso.limsi.fr/amax/recherche/lrec2008-authoring-aids/ (Organisation)
http://lingured.info/ (Author)
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-6792

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