Natural Language Processing in Computer-Assisted Language Learning

John Nerbonne

in The Oxford Handbook of Computational Linguistics

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780199276349
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191743573 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

 Natural Language Processing in Computer-Assisted Language Learning

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This article examines the application of natural language processing to computer-assisted language learning (CALL) including the history of work in this field over the last thirtyfive years and focuses on current developments and opportunities. It always refers to programs designed to help people learn foreign languages. CALL is a large field — much larger than computational linguistics. This article outlines the areas of CALL to which computational linguistics (CL) can be applied. CL programs process natural languages such as English and Spanish, and the techniques are therefore often referred to as natural language processing (NLP). NLP is enlisted in several ways in CALL to provide lemmatized access to corpora for advanced learners seeking subtleties unavailable in grammars and dictionaries. It also provides morphological analysis and subsequent dictionary access for words unknown to readers and to parse user input and diagnose morphological and syntactic errors.

Keywords: natural language processing; computer-assisted language learning; computational linguistics; dictionaries

Article.  12568 words. 

Subjects: Computational Linguistics ; Language Acquisition

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