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December 4, 2021

Automatic Assistance for Academic Word Usage

Dr. Dariush Saberi
City University of Hong Kong

Time: Saturday, December 4, 2021.11 AM -12 PM (EST)
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In this talk, I am going to describe a writing assistance system that helps students improve their academic writing. Given an input text, the system suggests lexical substitutions that aim to incorporate more academic vocabulary. The substitution candidates are drawn from an academic word list and ranked by a masked language model. Experimental results show that lexical formality analysis can improve the quality of the suggestions, in comparison to a baseline that relies on the masked language model only.

Monthly Lectures 2021-2022


Date Title Speaker (Affiliation)
Oct 2 Braj Kachru and the identity of Asian Englishes: English as an Asian Language Dr. Daniel R. Davis (University of Michigan-Dearborn)
Nov 6 Discourse and Mental Health in Argentina: Looking for Reasons for Hope Dr. Juan Eduardo Bonnin (University of San Martín - UNSAM)
Dec 4 Automatic Assistance for Academic Word Usage Dr. Dariush Saberi (City University of Hong Kong)


Date Title Speaker (Affiliation)
Feb 5 Toward an Integrated Framework for Studying the Relationship between Bilingual Language Experience and Cognitive Reserve Dr. Laura Spinu (Kingsborough Community College, CUNY)
Mar 5 TBA Dr. Renée Blake (Linguistics and Social & Cultural Analysis, NYU)
May 7 Proto-Basque and the Single Sibilant Hypothesis: Evidence, reassessment, and implications Dr. Juliette Blevins (CUNY Graduate Center)