Paper: Error Profiling: Toward A Model Of English Acquisition For Deaf Learners

ACL ID P01-1051
Title Error Profiling: Toward A Model Of English Acquisition For Deaf Learners
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2001
Authors

In this paper we discuss our approach toward establishing a model of the ac- quisition of English grammatical struc- tures by users of our English language tutoring system, which has been de- signed for deaf users of American Sign Language. We explore the correlation between a corpus of error-tagged texts and their holistic proficiency scores as- signed by experts in order to draw ini- tial conclusions about what language errors typically occur at different levels of proficiency in this population. Since errors made at lower levels (and not at higher levels) presumably represent constructions acquired before those on which errors are found only at higher levels, this should provide insight into the order of acquisition of English grammatical forms.