Modeling the linguistic complexity of language input and output - and linking the two

Detmar Meurers - Department of Linguistics - University of Tübingen

Modeling the linguistic complexity of language input and output – and linking the two

Detmar Meurers
Department of Linguistics
University of Tübingen

A number of research strands investigate the complexity of the representations and processes at different levels of linguistic modeling, including readability research investigating the difficulty of reading particular texts, and Second Language Acquisition research measuring the language development of learners in terms of the complexity of the learner output. With computational linguistic methods providing empirically rich perspectives on the nature and development of complexity in texts and learner writing, we explore some factors which so far have received less attention: How do characteristics of the task impact the complexity of the writing? What happens when linguistic complexity meets mathematical complexity in word problems? Can the linguistic complexity of an input text being read prime the complexity of a text  subsequently written, even for aspects of linguistic complexity that the subject is not aware of?

 

Detmar Meurers

Detmar Meurers joined the Department of Linguistics of the University of Tübingen in Summer 2008 as a Full Professor of Computational Linguistics and head of the Theoretical Computational Linguistics group, and currently serve as head of department.