Paper: The Fewer, the Better? A Contrastive Study about Ways to Simplify

ACL ID W14-5604
Title The Fewer, the Better? A Contrastive Study about Ways to Simplify
Venue Workshop on Automatic Text Simplification - Methods and Applications in the Multilingual Society
Session
Year 2014
Authors

Simplified texts play an important role in providing accessible and easy-to-understand informa- tion for a whole range of users who, due to linguistic, developmental or social barriers, would have difficulty in understanding materials which are not adapted and/or simplified. However, the production of simplified texts can be a time-consuming and labour-intensive task. In this paper we show that the employment of a short list of simple simplification rules could result in texts of comparable readability to those written as a result of applying a long list of more fine-grained rules. We also prove that the simplification process based on the short list of simple rules is more time efficient and consistent. 1 Rationale Simplified texts play an important role in providing accessible and easy-t...