Paper: Automatic Measurement Of Syntactic Development In Child Language

ACL ID P05-1025
Title Automatic Measurement Of Syntactic Development In Child Language
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2005
Authors

To facilitate the use of syntactic infor- mation in the study of child language acquisition, a coding scheme for Gram- matical Relations (GRs) in transcripts of parent-child dialogs has been proposed by Sagae, MacWhinney and Lavie (2004). We discuss the use of current NLP tech- niques to produce the GRs in this an- notation scheme. By using a statisti- cal parser (Charniak, 2000) and memory- based learning tools for classification (Daelemans et al. , 2004), we obtain high precision and recall of several GRs. We demonstrate the usefulness of this ap- proach by performing automatic measure- ments of syntactic development with the Index of Productive Syntax (Scarborough, 1990) at similar levels to what child lan- guage researchers compute manually.