Experiments with discourse-level choices and readability

Sandra Williams, Ehud Reiter, Liesl Osman

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This paper reports on pilot experiments that are being used, together with corpus analysis, in the development of a Natural Language Generation (NLG) system, GIRL (Generator for Individual Reading Levels). GIRL generates reports for individuals after a literacy assessment. We tested GIRL's output on adult learner readers and good readers. Our aim was to find out if choices the system makes at the discourse-level have an impact on readability. Our preliminary results indicate that such choices do indeed appear to be important for learner readers. These will be investigated further in future larger-scale experiments. Ultimately we intend to use the results to develop a mechanism that makes discourse-level choices that are appropriate for individuals' reading skills.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 9th European Workshop on Natural Language Generation at the 10th Conference of the European Chapter
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Event9th European Workshop on Natural Language Generation, ENLG@EACL 2003 - Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 13 Apr 200314 Apr 2003


Conference9th European Workshop on Natural Language Generation, ENLG@EACL 2003

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