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ERIC Number: ED279183
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 18
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Simplified and Abridged Texts: What Happens to Content and Sentence Structure?
Tommola, Jorma
A comparison of an original and a simplified version of a text from the point of view of content and certain linguistic characteristics is examined. The text is a Daniel Defoe story. The effects of simplification on content are examined through analysis of propositions or "text atoms" of the text, their arrangement into an intermediate macrostructure, and the relation of this content structure with the content of the simplified version, especially to see how the simplified version followed the underlying content paths. The effects of simplification on sentence structure are measured by a number of mechanical counts (number of sentences, mean sentence and clause length, mean number of clauses per sentence, and the distribution of these numbers), sentence and clause types, depth of embedding, and subordination. Implications of simplification for language processing are also considered. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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