Word Complexity is in the Eye of the Beholder

Sian Gooding, Ekaterina Kochmar, Seid Muhie Yimam, Chris Biemann

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Abstract

Lexical complexity is a highly subjective notion, yet this factor is often neglected in lexical simplification and readability systems which use a "one-size-fits-all" approach. In this paper, we investigate which aspects contribute to the notion of lexical complexity in various groups of readers, focusing on native and non-native speakers of English, and how the notion of complexity changes depending on the proficiency level of a non-native reader. To facilitate reproducibility of our approach and foster further research into these aspects, we release a dataset of complex words annotated by readers with different backgrounds.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusAcceptance date - 10 Mar 2021
Event2021 Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics - Virtual
Duration: 6 Jun 202111 Jun 2021
https://2021.naacl.org

Conference

Conference2021 Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics
Abbreviated titleNAACL-HLT 2021
Period6/06/2111/06/21
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