ERIC Number: ED185513
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Problems and Techniques of Text Analysis. Technical Report No. 168.
Green, G. M.; And Others
This report describes the work of the text analysis groups of the Center for the Study of Reading, whose goals are to investigate the problem of reading comprehension from the standpoint of comparing properties of texts to the difficulty or ease of reading and to construct appropriate theories to account for text properties. The text analysis groups note that it is essential to develop tools not only for evaluating the difficulty level, but also for distinguishing challenging texts from confusing texts and for identifying sources of difficulty in given texts. The report discusses the groups' decision to analyze and collect a body of analyzed texts, with which to compare developing theories of text properties and their development of a system to annotate, store, and retrieve analysis of texts. Their method of text analysis is divided into lexical analysis, syntactic analysis, text-level inference analysis, and an illustration and layout analysis. Discussion of the properties of the texts of "Hansel and Gretel,""The Dog and the Cock,""Babar Loses His Crown," and "The Wonderful Desert" are included. (MKM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Center for the Study of Reading.; Bolt, Beranek and Newman, Inc., Cambridge, MA.