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Crossing the Border Twice: Reimporting Prepositions to Alleviate L1-Specific Transfer Errors


Graën, Johannes; Schneider, Gerold (2017). Crossing the Border Twice: Reimporting Prepositions to Alleviate L1-Specific Transfer Errors. In: Joint 6th Workshop on NLP for Computer Assisted Language Learning and 2nd Workshop on NLP for Research on Language Acquisition, Gothenburg, 22 May 2017 - 22 May 2017, 18-26.

Abstract

We present a data-driven approach which exploits word alignment in a large parallel corpus with the objective of identifying those verb- and adjective-preposition combinations which are difficult for L2 language learners. This allows us, on the one hand, to provide language-specific ranked lists in order to help learners to focus on particularly challenging combinations given their native language (L1). On the other hand, we provide extensive statistics on such combinations with the objective of facilitating automatic error correction for preposition use in learner texts. We evaluate these lists, first manually, and secondly automatically by applying our statistics to an error-correction task.

Abstract

We present a data-driven approach which exploits word alignment in a large parallel corpus with the objective of identifying those verb- and adjective-preposition combinations which are difficult for L2 language learners. This allows us, on the one hand, to provide language-specific ranked lists in order to help learners to focus on particularly challenging combinations given their native language (L1). On the other hand, we provide extensive statistics on such combinations with the objective of facilitating automatic error correction for preposition use in learner texts. We evaluate these lists, first manually, and secondly automatically by applying our statistics to an error-correction task.

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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:parallel corpora word alignment verb-preposition constructions learner errors error correction L1 transfer
Language:English
Event End Date:22 May 2017
Deposited On:16 May 2017 16:03
Last Modified:09 Dec 2017 00:55
Publisher:Linköpings universitet Electronic Press
Series Name:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
Number:134
ISSN:1650-3686
ISBN:978-91-7685-502-7
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/article.asp?issue=134&article=003
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