Paper: Data-driven Measurement of Child Language Development with Simple Syntactic Templates

ACL ID C14-1203
Title Data-driven Measurement of Child Language Development with Simple Syntactic Templates
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2014
Authors

When assessing child language development, researchers have traditionally had to choose be- tween easily computable metrics focused on superficial aspects of language, and more expressive metrics that are carefully designed to cover specific syntactic structures and require substantial and tedious labor. Recent work has shown that existing expressive metrics for child language development can be automated and produce accurate results. We go a step further and pro- pose that measurement of syntactic development can be performed automatically in a completely data-driven way without the need for definition of language-specific inventories of grammatical structures. As a crucial step in that direction, we show that four simple feature templates are as expressive of language development as a ca...