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ERIC Number: EJ812463
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-0958-8221
A Computational Approach to Detecting Collocation Errors in the Writing of Non-Native Speakers of English
Futagi, Yoko; Deane, Paul; Chodorow, Martin; Tetreault, Joel
Computer Assisted Language Learning, v21 n4 p353-367 Oct 2008
This paper describes the first prototype of an automated tool for detecting collocation errors in texts written by non-native speakers of English. Candidate strings are extracted by pattern matching over POS-tagged text. Since learner texts often contain spelling and morphological errors, the tool attempts to automatically correct them in order to reduce noise. For a measure of collocation strength, we use the rank-ratio statistic calculated over one billion words of native-speaker texts. Two human annotators evaluated the system's performance. We report the overall results, as well as detailed error analyses, and discuss possible improvements for the future. (Contains 7 notes, 8 tables, and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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