Paper: Using Contextual Speller Techniques and Language Modeling for ESL Error Correction

ACL ID I08-1059
Title Using Contextual Speller Techniques and Language Modeling for ESL Error Correction
Venue International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing
Session Main Conference
Year 2008
Authors

We present a modular system for detection and correction of errors made by non- native (English as a Second Language = ESL) writers. We focus on two error types: the incorrect use of determiners and the choice of prepositions. We use a decision- tree approach inspired by contextual spelling systems for detection and correction suggestions, and a large language model trained on the Gigaword corpus to provide additional information to filter out spurious suggestions. We show how this system performs on a corpus of non-native English text and discuss strategies for future enhancements.