Paper: Recognizing Syntactic Errors in the Writing of Second Language Learners

ACL ID P98-2196
Title Recognizing Syntactic Errors in the Writing of Second Language Learners
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1998
Authors

This paper reports on the recognition compo- nent of an intelligent tutoring system that is designed to help foreign language speakers learn standard English. The system models the gram- mar of the learner, with this instantiation of the system tailored to signers of American Sign Language (ASL). We discuss the theoretical mo- tivations for the system, various difficulties that have been encountered in the implementation, as well as the methods we have used to over- come these problems. Our method of cap- turing ungrammaticalities involves using mal- rules (also called 'error productions'). However, the straightforward addition of some mal°rules causes significant performance problems with the parser. For instance, the ASL population has a strong tendency to drop pronouns and the auxiliar...