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ERIC Number: EJ893469
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0265-5322
The Promise of NLP and Speech Processing Technologies in Language Assessment
Chapelle, Carol A.; Chung, Yoo-Ree
Language Testing, v27 n3 p301-315 Jul 2010
Advances in natural language processing (NLP) and automatic speech recognition and processing technologies offer new opportunities for language testing. Despite their potential uses on a range of language test item types, relatively little work has been done in this area, and it is therefore not well understood by test developers, researchers or users in language assessment. This paper introduces NLP for language assessment as an area of inquiry and practice by describing the historical roots coming from computational linguistics, statistical NLP, speech recognition and processing technologies, language assessment, and computer-assisted language learning. It outlines uses of NLP and speech recognition and processing technologies in language assessment through illustrations of current testing projects, and identifies areas in need of further development. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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