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Semi-Automated Reading Level Specific Syntactic Simplification of Dutch

David Huistra, Rik van Outersterp (2015-04-15 13:45 - 14:15 in ZI-2042)

When children start to learn how to read, their reading comprehension ability rapidly increases. Specific groups of children, such as 10 year olds have a highly increased reading comprehension ability over 8 year olds, but not yet sufficient to read texts for 12 year olds. To support children in growing their reading comprehension ability, it is important for them to read text that match their reading level.

We propose to develop and implement an approach that can help in rewriting sentences to simplify them. Based on related work in English, a rule­based approach is proposed that can be extended with one rule (for one syntactical concept) at a time. The rewritten sentences will be evaluated by subjects in terms of correct grammar and meaning in comparison to their original. Our research will contain of the following stages:

  1. Detection Research​: Research in how to detect sentences with a passive voice.
  2. Rewriting Research­: Research in how to rewrite sentences with a passive voice to sentences with an active voice.
  3. Tool Development: Development of a software tool that can rewrite sentences with a passive voice to sentences with an active voice.
  4. Tool Evaluation: Evaluation of the developed software tool in terms of grammar and meaning.
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