Providing appropriate alternative co-occurrence candidates: Towards a Japanese composition support system

Teiko Nakano, Yoichi Tomiura

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Abstract

The use of unnatural co-occurrence expressions by second language learners is caused by errors in word selection. The aim of this study is to develop a composition support system that can be used as an online dictionary by Japanese language learners to improve vocabulary knowledge that they tend to lack. We propose a method of providing candidates for appropriate alternative verbs to replace the verb of a learner's Noun-Case Particle-Verb co-occurrence input, or <n,c,v>. A verb of unnatural co-occurrence (error verb) is expected to occur in an environment similar to that of an appropriate verb (corrected error verb). Based on this hypothesis, this method displays candidates for appropriate alternative verbs estimated to be naturally co-occurring with the noun of the learner's co-occurrence input using statistical information obtained from a large-scale Japanese corpus, in descending order of similarity of occurring environments with the original verb. Experimental results show that the rate of test items having appropriate verbs in the top 30 candidates provided in the proposed method output to 260 test items (learners' co-occurrence data including errors in verb selection) was 70%. We discuss the usefulness of such a composition support system for co-occurring expressions based on the proposed method.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 8th IASTED International Conference on Web-Based Education, WBE 2010
PublisherACTA Press
Pages173-179
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9780889868328
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event8th IASTED International Conference on Web-Based Education, WBE 2010 - Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Duration: Mar 15 2010Mar 17 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 8th IASTED International Conference on Web-Based Education, WBE 2010

Other

Other8th IASTED International Conference on Web-Based Education, WBE 2010
CountryEgypt
CitySharm El Sheikh
Period3/15/103/17/10

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Education

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    Nakano, T., & Tomiura, Y. (2010). Providing appropriate alternative co-occurrence candidates: Towards a Japanese composition support system. In Proceedings of the 8th IASTED International Conference on Web-Based Education, WBE 2010 (pp. 173-179). (Proceedings of the 8th IASTED International Conference on Web-Based Education, WBE 2010). ACTA Press. https://doi.org/10.2316/p.2010.688-018