Second Language Studies: Acquisition, Learning, Education and Technology

Tokyo, Japan
September 22-24, 2010

Practicing Syntax in Spoken Interaction: Automatic Detection of Syntactical Errors in Non-Native Utterances

Helmer Strik, Janneke van de Loo, Joost van Doremalen, Catia Cucchiarini

Department of Linguistics, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands

In the current paper we present a new method, called SynPOS: Syntactic analysis using POS-tags. SynPOS is applied to a corpus of spoken human-machine interactions. The results show that language learners of Dutch often make syntactical errors, that there are many different types of syntactical errors, and that their frequencies vary a lot. This information can be used next to select errors and develop exercises for CALL systems.

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Bibliographic reference.  Strik, Helmer / Loo, Janneke van de / Doremalen, Joost van / Cucchiarini, Catia (2010): "Practicing syntax in spoken interaction: automatic detection of syntactical errors in non-native utterances", In L2WS-2010, paper O4-3.