Automatic Detection of Preposition Errors in Learner Writing

De Felice, Rachele and Pulman, Stephen (2009). Automatic Detection of Preposition Errors in Learner Writing. CALICO Journal, 26(3) pp. 512–528.



In this article, we present an approach to the automatic correction of preposition errors in L2 English. Our system, based on a maximum entropy classifier, achieves average precision of 42% and recall of 35% on this task. The discussion of results obtained on correct and incorrect data aims to establish what characteristics of L2 writing prove particularly problematic in this task.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 86945
  • Item Type
  • Journal Item
  • ISSN
  • 2056-9017
  • Keywords
  • Preposition Errors; Automatic Error Detection; Preposition Usage; L2 English
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
  • Copyright Holders
  • © 2009 CALICO Journal
  • Depositing User
  • Rachele De Felice