This paper reports on pilot experiments that are being used, together with corpus analysis, in the development of a Natural Language Generation (NLG) system, GIRL (Generator for Individual Reading Levels). GIRL generates reports for individuals after a literacy assessment. We tested GIRL's output on adult learner readers and good readers. Our aim was to find out if choices the system makes at the discourse-level have an impact on readability. Our preliminary results indicate that such choices do indeed appear to be important for learner readers. These will be investigated further in future larger-scale experiments. Ultimately we intend to use the results to develop a mechanism that makes discourse-level choices that are appropriate for individuals' reading skills.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 9th European Workshop on Natural Language Generation at the 10th Conference of the European Chapter|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 2003|
|Event||9th European Workshop on Natural Language Generation, ENLG@EACL 2003 - Budapest, Hungary|
Duration: 13 Apr 2003 → 14 Apr 2003
|Conference||9th European Workshop on Natural Language Generation, ENLG@EACL 2003|
|Period||13/04/03 → 14/04/03|