Paper: Automatic Identification of Discourse Moves in Scientific Article Introductions

ACL ID W08-0908
Title Automatic Identification of Discourse Moves in Scientific Article Introductions
Venue Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications
Session
Year 2008
Authors

This paper reports on the first stage of building an educational tool for international graduate students to improve their academic writing skills. Taking a text-categorization approach, we experimented with several models to automatically classify sentences in research article introductions into one of three rhetorical moves. The paper begins by situating the project within the larger framework of intelligent computer-assisted language learning. It then presents the details of the study with very encouraging results. The paper then concludes by commenting on how the system may be improved and how the project is intended to be pursued and evaluated. 1 Introduction and Background Interest in automated evaluation systems in the field of language assessment has been growing rapidly in the las...