Analyzing Authentic Texts for Language Learning: Web-based Technology for Input Enrichment and Question Generation

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dc.contributor.advisor Meurers, Detmar (Prof. Dr.) Chinkina, Maria 2018-07-31T13:38:35Z 2018-07-31T13:38:35Z 2018-07-31
dc.identifier.other 508116287 de_DE
dc.identifier.uri de_DE
dc.description.abstract Acquisition of a language largely depends on the learner's exposure to and interaction with it. Our research goal is to explore and implement automatic techniques that help create a richer grammatical intake from a given text input and engage learners in making form-meaning connections during reading. A starting point for addressing this issue is the automatic input enrichment method, which aims to ensure that a target structure is richly represented in a given text. We demonstrate the high performance of our rule-based algorithm, which is able to detect 87 linguistic forms contained in an official curriculum for the English language. Showcasing the algorithm's capability to differentiate between the various functions of the same linguistic form, we establish the task of tense sense disambiguation, which we approach by leveraging machine learning and rule-based methods. Using the aforementioned technology, we develop an online information retrieval system FLAIR that prioritizes texts with a rich representation of selected linguistic forms. It is implemented as a web search engine for language teachers and learners and provides effective input enrichment in a real-life teaching setting. It can also serve as a foundation for empirical research on input enrichment and input enhancement. The input enrichment component of the FLAIR system is evaluated in a web-based study that demonstrates that English teachers prefer automatic input enrichment to standard web search when selecting reading material for class. We then explore automatic question generation for facilitating and testing reading comprehension as well as linguistic knowledge. We give an overview of the types of questions that are usually asked and can be automatically generated from text in the language learning context. We argue that questions can facilitate the acquisition of different linguistic forms by providing functionally driven input enhancement, i.e., by ensuring that the learner notices and processes the form. The generation of well-established and novel types of questions is discussed and examples are provided; moreover, the results from a crowdsourcing study show that automatically generated questions are comparable to human-written ones. en
dc.language.iso en de_DE
dc.publisher Universität Tübingen de_DE
dc.rights ubt-podok de_DE
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dc.rights.uri en
dc.subject.classification Computerlinguistik , Sprachverarbeitung de_DE
dc.subject.ddc 004 de_DE
dc.subject.ddc 370 de_DE
dc.subject.ddc 400 de_DE
dc.subject.ddc 420 de_DE
dc.title Analyzing Authentic Texts for Language Learning: Web-based Technology for Input Enrichment and Question Generation en
dc.type PhDThesis de_DE
dcterms.dateAccepted 2018-07-18
utue.publikation.fachbereich Allgemeine u. vergleichende Sprachwissenschaft de_DE
utue.publikation.fakultaet 5 Philosophische Fakultät de_DE


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