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Error Analysis in Purely Syntactic Parsing of Free Input: The Example of German

Issue: Vol 9 No. 1 (1991)

Journal: CALICO Journal

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DOI: 10.1558/cj.v9i1.72-89


Analysis of student errors is a welcome element of parser-based writing aids for language students; however, such analysis is by no means straightforward, given unconstrained input by student users. This paper provides a typology for analyzing grammatical errors in student-written German compositions and discusses approaches to providing helpful error messages to student users of a parser-based writing aid. Examples are drawn from the "Miami corpus" of approximately 400 pages of second-year German language students' compositions and from Syncheck, a syntactic parser of German implemented as the basis of a writing aid for language students.

Author: Ruth Sanders

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