Generalization of Information Structure and Reference Text
How can meaning be compared in realistic situations, in which ill-formed language or individual differences in situative or world knowledge complicate or even preclude a complete linguistic analysis? This question is the motivation for project A4, investigating which linguistic representations can be used effectively and robustly for comparing the meaning of sentences and text fragments computationally.
In particular, project A4 investigates the nature and interaction of context and sentential meaning in an authentic language-based task: teacher assessment of answers to reading comprehension questions. The project i) extends the meaning comparison underlying the content assessment so that it integrates the breadth of characteristics of the task context, ii) advances the content assessment so that it supports feedback for the real-life educational application developed in the transfer project T1, and iii) generalizes the information structural analysis successfully developed for explicit question-answer contexts to be applicable in a broader range of contexts.