Interactive sentence combining and paraphrasing in support of integrated writing and grammar instruction: A new application area for natural language sentence generators
Harbusch, K., Breugel, C., Koch, U., & Kempen, G.
Interactive sentence combining and paraphrasing in support of integrated writing and grammar instruction: A new application area for natural language sentence generators. In S. Busemann (Ed.
), Proceedings of the 11th Euopean Workshop in Natural Language Generation (ENLG07)
(pp. 65-68). ACL Anthology.
The potential of sentence generators as engines
in Intelligent Computer-Assisted Language
Learning and teaching (ICALL) software
has hardly been explored. We sketch
the prototype of COMPASS, a system that
supports integrated writing and grammar
curricula for 10 to 14 year old elementary or
secondary schoolers. The system enables
first- or second-language teachers to design
controlled writing exercises, in particular of
the “sentence combining” variety. The system
includes facilities for error diagnosis
and on-line feedback. Syntactic structures
built by students or system can be displayed
as easily understood phrase-structure or dependency
trees, adapted to the student’s
level of grammatical knowledge. The heart
of the system is a specially designed generator
capable of lexically guided sentence generation,
of generating syntactic paraphrases,
and displaying syntactic structures visually.