Paper: Effects of Meaning-Preserving Corrections on Language Learning

ACL ID W11-0312
Title Effects of Meaning-Preserving Corrections on Language Learning
Venue International Conference on Computational Natural Language Learning
Session Main Conference
Year 2011
Authors

We present a computational model of lan- guage learning via a sequence of interactions between a teacher and a learner. Experiments learning limited sublanguages of 10 natural languages show that the learner achieves a high level of performance after a reasonable number of interactions, the teacher can pro- duce meaning-preserving corrections of the learner’s utterances, and the learner can de- tect them. The learner does not treat correc- tions specially; nonetheless in several cases, significantly fewer interactions are needed by a learner interacting with a correcting teacher than with a non-correcting teacher.