A Writing Tool for Users of American Sign Language

Kathleen F. McCoy, Christopher A. Pennington and Linda Z. Suri

In this paper we briefly describe a project whose long term goal is the development of a "writing tutor" for deaf people who use American Sign Language (ASL). We envision a system that will take an essay written by a user, analyze that essay for errors, and then engage the user in a tutorial dialogue. We describe the overall design of the project, and then focus on one aspect which we feel is crucial for effectively tailoring corrective responses to the user: a model of the process of second language acquisition. We describe why such a model is crucial for effective tutoring, and briefly describe our model of the process.

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