Japanese Learning Support Systems: Hinoki Project Report

  • Bor HODOŠČEK Tokyo Institute of Technology, Graduate School of Decision Science and Engineering, Department of Human System Science
  • Kikuko NISHINA Tokyo Institute of Technology
Keywords: CALL, reading assistance system, writing assistance system, scientific and technical Japanese corpus, learner corpus, genre

Abstract

In this report, we introduce the Hinoki project, which set out to develop web-based Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) systems for Japanese language learners more than a decade ago. Utilizing Natural Language Processing technologies and other linguistic resources, the project has come to encompass three systems, two corpora and many other resources. Beginning with the reading assistance system Asunaro, we describe the construction of Asunaro's multilingual dictionary and it's dependency grammar-based approach to reading assistance. The second system, Natsume, is a writing assistance system that uses large-scale corpora to provide an easy to use collocation search feature that is interesting for it's inclusion of the concept of genre. The final system, Nutmeg, is an extension of Natsume and the Natane learner corpus. It provides automatic correction of learners errors in compositions by using Natsume for its large corpus and genre-aware collocation data and Natane for its data on learner errors.

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Author Biography

Kikuko NISHINA, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Professor Emeritus

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Published
2012-12-20
How to Cite
HODOŠČEK, B., & NISHINA, K. (2012). Japanese Learning Support Systems: Hinoki Project Report. Acta Linguistica Asiatica, 2(3), 95-124. https://doi.org/10.4312/ala.2.3.95-124
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Research Articles (Project Reports)