Paper: The pragmatics of margin comments: An empirical study

ACL ID W14-1806
Title The pragmatics of margin comments: An empirical study
Venue Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications
Session
Year 2014
Authors

This paper describes the design and ratio- nale behind a classification scheme for En- glish margin comments. The scheme?s de- sign was informed by pragmatics and ped- agogy theory, and by observations made from a corpus of 24,387 margin comments from assessed university assignments. The purpose of the scheme is to computation- ally explore content and form relationships between margin comments and the pas- sages to which they point. The process of designing the scheme resulted in the conclusion that margin comments require more work to understand than utterances do, and that they are more prone to being misunderstood.