Automatic correction of idiomatic usage in English using web search

Qian Ting, Qiu Lin

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Abstract

Non-native English speakers often have problems determining the exact form of an idiomatic expression while they have some vague idea about the key words in them. In this paper, we describe a system called Webtionary that allows users to consult idiomatic usage by entering a questionable expression. Webtionary uses web search to find candidate corrections and suggests expressions that are commonly used in writing and semantically-related to the user query. Evaluation results show that Webtionary significantly outperforms direct web search in providing useful suggestions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence, WI 2007
Pages283-286
Number of pages4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007
Externally publishedYes
EventIEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence, WI 2007 - Silicon Valley, CA, United States
Duration: Nov 2 2007Nov 5 2007

Publication series

NameProceedings of the IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence, WI 2007

Conference

ConferenceIEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence, WI 2007
CountryUnited States
CitySilicon Valley, CA
Period11/2/0711/5/07

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Networks and Communications

Cite this

Ting, Q., & Lin, Q. (2007). Automatic correction of idiomatic usage in English using web search. In Proceedings of the IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence, WI 2007 (pp. 283-286). [4427102] (Proceedings of the IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence, WI 2007). https://doi.org/10.1109/WI.2007.23