[Elsnet-list] PITR 2013: deadline extension

Sandra.Williams Sandra.Williams at open.ac.uk
Thu Apr 25 19:41:29 CEST 2013

PITR 2013 - The Second Workshop on Predicting and Improving Text Readability for Target Reader Populations
An ACL Workshop at Sofia, Bulgaria.

**** Extended Deadline: May 3, 2013  *****

See: http://mcs.open.ac.uk/nlg/PITR2013/

Many NLP systems generate or reformulate human language but how readable is the output? What makes language easy or difficult to read for different types of readers? How can existing text be manipulated to improve information access? How does writing style affect readability, comprehension, and appreciation of text? The last few years have seen a resurgence of interest in these questions amongst computational linguists as attention turns to more sophisticated techniques for textual presentation and to address the widely differing needs of end users. The relevance of this research area has spawned a number of workshops on related topics, for example, SL-PAT 2012 (slpat.org<http://slpat.org/>) and NLP4ITA 2012 (www.taln.upf.edu/nlp4ita/<http://www.taln.upf.edu/nlp4ita/>), and a new special interest group, Speech and Language Processing for Assistive Technologies (slpat.org<http://slpat.org/>), which sponsors this workshop.
PITR is a cross-disciplinary workshop bringing together researchers in any field concerned with the readability, accessibility and quality of text, particularly computational linguists, psycholinguists and educational researchers. We solicit papers on:
• Reformulation of existing text (text-to-text systems)
• Generation of readable language from data (data-to-text systems)
• Generation of text in specific styles and registers for readability
• Evaluation of language simplification strategies
• Evaluation of the readability of computer-generated text
• Evaluation of the readability of machine translation output
• Prediction of aspects of text style related to readability
• Prediction of the readability of documents
• Readability issues in specialist texts such as questionnaires, exam questions, safety instructions, etc.
• Novel evaluation strategies for assessing text readability
• Novel readability metrics
• Techniques for simplifying lexis
• Techniques for simplifying syntax
• Techniques for simplifying discourse properties (making text more transparent, etc.)
• Techniques for manipulating textual layout to improve accessibility
• Techniques for making descriptions of numerical quantities more accessible
• Techniques for making technical terminology more accessible
• Techniques for making descriptions of logical statements more accessible
• Techniques for explaining complex ideas through accessible text
• Systems aimed at adults with poor literacy
• Systems aimed at children learning to read
• Systems aimed at 2nd language learners
• Systems aimed at people with language deficits (aphasia, deafness, neurodegeneration, etc.)
• Systems aimed at non-experts accessing technical material

Papers should prepared in ACL format (see http://acl2013.org/site/call.html) not exceeding 8 pages in length plus up to 2 additional pages for references. Papers should also be anonymised for blind reviewing.

Please submit your paper via the online START Conference Manager system: https://www.softconf.com/acl2013/PITR2013/

Dr Sandra Williams
Department of Computing
The Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
s.h.williams at open.ac.uk<mailto:s.h.williams at open.ac.uk>

The Open University is incorporated by Royal Charter (RC 000391), an exempt charity in England & Wales and a charity registered in Scotland (SC 038302).
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