The Text Simplification in TERENCE

  • Barbara Arfé
  • Jane Oakhill
  • Emanuele Pianta
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 292)


In this paper we present the TERENCE system of text simplification. The TERENCE simplification system is intended for use by researchers, educators and policy makers. The method is innovative in the field for two reasons. Firstly, differently from other methods of automatic or manual simplification, it offers a graded, cumulative, simplification of texts. Secondly, differently from other existing methods, it offers a system tailored for two groups of poor comprehenders (deaf and hearing). This paper illustrates the process of text simplification used in TERENCE and presents preliminary results of its testing with elementary school children.


Readability text simplification reading difficulties 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Developmental Psychology and SocializationUniversity of PadovaPadovaItaly
  2. 2.School of PsychologyUniversity of SussexBrightonUK
  3. 3.FBKPovoItaly

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