How Long Is a Short Sentence? – A Linguistic Approach to Definition and Validation of Rules for Easy-to-Read Material

  • Annika Nietzio
  • Birgit Scheer
  • Christian Bühler
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7383)


This paper presents a new approach to empirical validation and verification of guidelines for easy-to-read material. The goal of our approach is twofold. One the one hand, the linguistic analysis investigates if the well-known rules are really applied consistently throughout the published easy-to-read material. The findings from this study can help define new rules and refine existing rules.

One the other hand, we show how the software developed for the linguistic analysis can also be used as a tool to support authors in the production of easy-to-read material. The tool applies the rules to the new text and highlights any passages that do not meet those rules, so that the author can go back and improve the text.


Relative Clause Learning Disability Sentence Length Linguistic Analysis Short Sentence 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Annika Nietzio
    • 1
  • Birgit Scheer
    • 1
  • Christian Bühler
    • 1
  1. 1.Forschungsinstitut Technologie und Behinderung (FTB)der Evangelischen Stiftung VolmarsteinWetter (Ruhr)Germany

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