Syntax PAL: a system to improve the written syntax of language-impaired users.

Corinne Morris, Alan Newell, Lynda Booth, Ian Ricketts, John Arnott

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    In our work with children who have difficulty with spelling or with the physical action of writing, we have found a number of children who also have difficulty with written grammar. As an extension of PAL, an existing predictive spelling and typing aid, we have developed a writing aid to help these children with sentence construction. The enhanced system uses the syntax of the initial part of a sentence to enhance the position in the prediction list of syntactically correct words. It was postulated that this would discourage the use of incorrect syntax and encourage the use of correct syntax. In two case studies, the use of Syntax PAL significantly improved the quality and quantity of one child's written output, but had little effect on the other child's work.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)51-59
    Number of pages9
    JournalAssistive Technology: The Official Journal of RESNA
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1992


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