Collocation-focused Writing Assistance for Adult Non-Native Writers Year Two
The project will research software for providing writing assistance to adult non-native writers in post-secondary education and corporate settings. Of particular interest is encouraging writers to employ a wider range of linguistic constructions, while avoiding repetitive, dull choices or language that is inappropriate to the local context or the genre of the text in question. The system will use statistics from both native and non-native text collections; using these sources of information, the system will identify phrases or other chunks which appear non-native, and then find an appropriate native-preferred replacement. This research will allow Quillsoft, whose software is currently supports mostly children and the disabled, to expand their writing-assistance software package into a new, broader market.