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Full Title: 2nd Workshop on Predicting and Improving Text Readability for Target Reader Populations

Short Title: PITR 2013
Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Start Date: 08-Aug-2013 - 08-Aug-2013
Contact: Sandra Williams
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Meeting URL: http://mcs.open.ac.uk/nlg/PITR2013/
Meeting Description: The 2nd Workshop on Predicting and Improving Text Readability for Target Reader Populations Workshop will be held in conjunction with the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) 2013 conference, 4-9 August 2013, at the National Palace of Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria.

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 (http://www.slpat.org) and NLP4ITA 2012 (http://www.taln.upf.edu/nlp4ita/), and a new special interest group, Speech and Language Processing for Assistive Technologies (http://www.slpat.org), which sponsors this workshop.


Sandra Williams, The Open University, UK
Advaith Siddharthan, University of Aberdeen, UK
Ani Nenkova, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Linguistic Subfield: Applied Linguistics; Computational Linguistics; Psycholinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics
LL Issue: 24.540

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