Paper: Measuring Language Development in Early Childhood Education: A Case Study of Grammar Checking in Child Language Transcripts

ACL ID W11-1411
Title Measuring Language Development in Early Childhood Education: A Case Study of Grammar Checking in Child Language Transcripts
Venue Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications
Session
Year 2011
Authors

Language sample analysis is an important technique used in measuring language devel- opment. At present, measures of grammati- cal complexity such as the Index of Productive Syntax (Scarborough, 1990) are used to mea- sure language development in early childhood. Although these measures depict the overall competence in the usage of language, they do not provide for an analysis of the grammati- cal mistakes made by the child. In this paper, we explore the use of existing Natural Lan- guage Processing (NLP) techniques to provide an insight into the processing of child lan- guage transcripts and challenges in automatic grammar checking. We explore the automatic detection of 6 types of verb related grammat- ical errors. We compare rule based systems to statistical systems and investigate the u...