Paper: Correcting Semantic Collocation Errors with L1-induced Paraphrases

ACL ID D11-1010
Title Correcting Semantic Collocation Errors with L1-induced Paraphrases
Venue Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
Session Main Conference
Year 2011
Authors

We present a novel approach for automatic collocation error correction in learner English which is based on paraphrases extracted from parallel corpora. Our key assumption is that collocation errors are often caused by se- mantic similarity in the first language (L1- language) of the writer. An analysis of a large corpus of annotated learner English con- firms this assumption. We evaluate our ap- proach on real-world learner data and show that L1-induced paraphrases outperform tradi- tional approaches based on edit distance, ho- mophones, and WordNet synonyms.