We present an approach to text simplification based on synchronous dependency grammars. Our main contributions in this work are (a) a study of how automatically derived lexical simplification rules can be generalised to enable their application in new contexts without introducing errors, and (b) a large scale evaluation of our hybrid system that combines a large set of automatically acquired rules with a small set of hand-crafted rules for common syntactic simplification. Our evaluation show significant improvements in fluency and levels of simplification and meaning preservation over the state of the art, with scores comparable to human simplifications.
|Title of host publication||8th International Natural Language Generation Conference|
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|