Research

I am interested in computational linguistics, syntax, and the analysis of learner language.

I am currently working on CoALLa (Computational Analysis for Learner Language). We are developing a modular architecture for normalizing learner language with respect to form and meaning within a given task context, in particular answers to reading comprehension exercises from the Corpus of Reading Comprehension Exercises in German.

From 2012-2014, I worked on MERLIN (Multilingual Platform for the European Reference Levels: Interlanguage Exploration in Context), an online platform that illustrates language characteristics for the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) with a new corpus of Czech, German, and Italian learner texts from levels A1-C1.

From 2010-2012, I worked on Working with English Real Texts (WERTi) and Visual Input Enhancement of the Web (VIEW), the new multilingual extension of WERTi. The WERTi and VIEW tools create language learning activities from authentic web texts chosen by learners.

I have worked previously as an intern at IBM on active learning for named entity recognition and as a graduate research associate in DECCA (Detection of Errors and Correction in Corpus Annotation) on the automatic detection of annotation errors in linguistically annotated corpora.

Publications

Adriane Boyd, Jirka Hana, Lionel Nicolas, Detmar Meurers, Katrin Wisniewski, Andrea Abel, Karin Schöne, Barbora Štindlová and Chiara Vettori (2014). The MERLIN corpus: Learner Language and the CEFR. Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC'14), European Language Resources Association (ELRA). (pdf from LREC archive)

Adriane Boyd, Marion Zepf and Detmar Meurers (2012). Informing Determiner and Preposition Error Correction with Hierarchical Word Clustering. Proceedings of the 7th Workshop on Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications (BEA7), Association for Computational Linguistics. (local pdf)

Adriane Boyd (2012). Detecting and Diagnosing Grammatical Errors for Beginning Learners of German: From Learner Corpus Annotation to Constraint Satisfaction Problems. Dissertation, The Ohio State University. (official OhioLink entry)

Adriane Boyd and Detmar Meurers (2011). Data-Driven Correction of Function Words in Non-Native English. Proceedings of the 13th European Workshop on Natural Language Generation (ENLG) -- Helping Our Own (HOO) Challenge. Nancy, France. (local pdf)

Detmar Meurers, Ramon Ziai, Luiz Amaral, Adriane Boyd, Aleksandar Dimitrov, Vanessa Metcalf, and Niels Ott (2010). Enhancing Authentic Web Pages for Language Learners. Proceedings of the 5th Workshop on Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications, NAACL-HLT 2010, Los Angeles. (pdf from ACL archive)

Adriane Boyd (2010). EAGLE: an Error-Annotated Corpus of Beginning Learner German. LREC 2010. Valletta, Malta. (local pdf)

Adriane Boyd (2009). Pronunciation Modeling in Spelling Correction for Writers of English as a Foreign Language. NAACL HLT 2009: Student Research Workshop. Boulder, Colorado. (pdf from ACL archive)

Adriane Boyd (2008). Pronunciation Modeling in Spelling Correction for Writers of English as a Foreign Language. Master's thesis in Computer Science and Engineering. (official OhioLink entry)

Adriane Boyd, Markus Dickinson, and Detmar Meurers (2008). On Detecting Errors in Dependency Treebanks. Research on Language and Computation. 6(2), pp. 113-137.

Adriane Boyd and Detmar Meurers (2008). Revisiting the Impact of Different Annotation Schemes on PCFG Parsing: A Grammatical Dependency Evaluation. Proceedings of the ACL'08 Workshop on Parsing German. Columbus, Ohio. (pdf from ACL archive)

Adriane Boyd, Markus Dickinson, and Detmar Meurers (2007). Increasing the recall of corpus annotation error detection. Proceedings of the Sixth International Workshop on Treebanks and Linguistic Theories (TLT 2007). Bergen, Norway.

Adriane Boyd, Markus Dickinson, and Detmar Meurers (2007). On representing dependency relations -- Insights from converting the German TiGerDB. Proceedings of the Sixth International Workshop on Treebanks and Linguistic Theories (TLT 2007). Bergen, Norway.

Adriane Boyd (2007). Discontinuity Revisited: An Improved Conversion to Context-Free Representations. In Proceedings of the Linguistic Annotation Workshop (LAW 2007). (local pdf, pdf from ACL archive)

Adriane Boyd, Whitney Gegg-Harrison, and Donna Byron (2006). Identifying non-referential it. A machine learning approach incorporating linguistically motivated patterns. Traitement Automatique des Langues. Volume 46, No. 1.

Adriane Boyd, Whitney Gegg-Harrison, and Donna Byron (2005). Identifying non-referential it: a machine learning approach incorporating linguistically motivated features. In Proceedings of the ACL Workshop on Feature Engineering for Machine Learning in Natural Language Processing. (local pdf, pdf from ACL archive)

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