ERIC Number: ED260396
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Computer Applications in Professional Writing: Systems that Analyze and Describe Natural Language.
Two varieties of user-friendly computer systems that deal with natural language are now available, providing either at-the-monitor stylistic and grammatic correction of keyed-in writing or a sorting, selecting, and generating of statistical data for any written or spoken document. The editor programs, such as "The Writer's Workbench" (Bell Laboratories) and EPISTLE (IBM Yorktown Heights Laboratory), can correct spelling, grammar, and syntax mistakes or awkwardness and so remove a major drudgery from teachers and writers who would rather deal with the problems of style and concept handling. The content analysis programs, such as the CLOC program developed by Alan Reed at the Birmingham University Centre and the OCP designed by Susan Hockey at the Oxford University Computer Centre, can describe large bodies of text, which helps the users discover where the weaknesses are in language behavior. With these programs, teachers can see repetitive behaviors and other language mannerisms that need correcting. (EL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
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