Selected Publications

While previous research on readability has typically focused on document-level measures, recent work in areas such as natural language generation has pointed out the need of sentence-level readability measures. Much of psycholinguistics has focused for many years on processing measures that provide difficulty estimates on a word-by-word basis. However, these psycholinguistic measures have not yet been tested on sentence readability ranking tasks. In this paper, we use four psycholinguistic measures: idea density, surprisal, integration cost, and embedding depth to test whether these features are predictive of readability levels. We find that psycholinguistic features significantly improve performance by up to 3 percentage points over a standard document-level readability metric baseline.

Recent Publications

  • Psycholinguistic Models of Sentence Processing Improve Sentence Readability Ranking

    2017. In EACL (Conference proceedings)

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  • From OpenCCG to AI Planning: Detecting Infeasible Edges in Sentence Generation

    2016. In COLING (Conference proceedings)

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  • Search Challenges in Natural Language Generation with Complex Optimization Objectives

    2016. In Künstliche Intelligenz (Journal)

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  • Inducing Clause-Combining Rules: A Case Study with the SPaRKy Restaurant Corpus

    2015. In ENLG (Workshop proceedings)

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  • Enhancing the Expression of Contrast in the SPaRKy Restaurant Corpus

    2013. In ENLG (Workshop proceedings)

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Adapting generation to users under cognitive load

This is the natural language generation side of SFB 1102 project A4 ‘Language Comprehension and Cognitive Control Demands: Adapting Information Density to Changing Situations and Individual Users’.

GerMorphIT: Exploring German Morphology with Information Theory

Work with Cynthia A. Johnson and Rory Turnbull on understanding changes in the German adjectival system in terms of information theory