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An Intelligent Computer-Assistant for Stylistic Instruction

Julie Payette and Graeme Hirst
Computers and the Humanities
Vol. 26, No. 2 (Apr., 1992), pp. 87-102
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30204449
Page Count: 16
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An Intelligent Computer-Assistant for Stylistic Instruction
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Abstract

This article describes an intelligent computer-assisted language instruction system that is designed to teach principles of syntactic style to students of English. Unlike conventional style checkers, the system performs a complete syntactic analysis of its input, and takes the student's stylistic intent into account when providing a diagnosis. Named STASEL for Stylistic Treatment At the Sentence Level, the system is specifically developed for the teaching of style, and makes use of artificial intelligence techniques in natural language processing to analyze free-form input sentences interactively. An important contribution of STASEL is its ability to provide stylistic guidance according to the specific writing goals of clarity and conciseness. In an attempt to remedy some of the deficiencies of existing instructional software, STASEL's design demonstrates how stylistic instruction can be effectively computerized, while laying the groundwork for the creation of intelligent tutoring systems for teaching writing.

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