Classic Children's Literature - Difficult to Read?

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Classic children’s literature such as Alice in Wonderland is nowadays freely available thanks to initiatives such as Project Gutenberg. Due to diverging vocabularies and style, these texts are often not readily understandable to children in the present day. Our goal is to make such texts more accessible by aiding children in the reading process, in particular by automatically identifying the terms that result in low readability. As a first step, in this poster we report on a preliminary user study that investigates the extent of the vocabulary problem. We also propose and evaluate a basic approach to detect such difficult terminology.
Original languageUndefined
Title of host publicationAdvances in Information Retrieval - 33rd European Conference on IR Research (ECIR 2011)
EditorsPaul Clough, Colum Foley, Cathal Gurrin, Gareth J.F. Jones, Wessel Kraaij, Hyowon Lee, Vanessa Murdock
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-20160-8
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011
Event33rd European Conference on Information Retrieval, ECIR 2011: (IR Resarch) - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 18 Apr 201121 Apr 2011
Conference number: 33

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
PublisherSpringer Verlag
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference33rd European Conference on Information Retrieval, ECIR 2011
Abbreviated titleECIR


  • METIS-287856
  • EWI-21475
  • IR-79621

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