Automatic measurement of syntactic complexity using the revised developmental level scale

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Abstract

This paper describes a heuristics-based system for automatic measurement of syntactic complexity using the revised Developmental Level (D-Level) Scale (Rosenberg and Abbeduto, 1987; Covington et al., 2006). The system takes a raw sentence as input and assigns it to an appropriate developmental level (0-7). The system is designed with child language acquisition and psycholinguistic research in mind, and is therefore developed and evaluated using child language acquisition data from the CHILDES database (MacWhinney, 2000). Experiment results show that the model achieves an accuracy of 93.2% on unseen spoken data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 21th International Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society Conference, FLAIRS-21
Pages153-158
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Nov 17 2008
Event21th International Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society Conference, FLAIRS-21 - Coconut Grove, FL, United States
Duration: May 15 2008May 17 2008

Other

Other21th International Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society Conference, FLAIRS-21
CountryUnited States
CityCoconut Grove, FL
Period5/15/085/17/08

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Software

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    Lu, X. (2008). Automatic measurement of syntactic complexity using the revised developmental level scale. In Proceedings of the 21th International Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society Conference, FLAIRS-21 (pp. 153-158)