ERIC Number: ED149714
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Writing and Following Procedural, Descriptive, and Restricted Syntax Language Instructions.
Gould, John D.; And Others
Two exploratory experiments compared the way people with no experience in the use of computer systems write and carry out natural language procedures, natural language descriptions, and instructions expressed in an artificial restricted syntax language. The results suggest the there is no single "natural" way that people write simple plans and instructions. Speed and accuracy of writing were about the same for all three approaches, although the linguistic characteristics differed greatly from approach to approach. While subjects were tolerant of ambiguity in both writing and carrying out instructions, they often voluntarily employed restricted-syntax notation in their writing after being exposed to the notation. Subjects' accuracy in following detailed instruction was no greater than that in writing those instructions. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Business Machines Corp., Yorktown Heights, NY. Thomas J. Watson Research Center.