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Corpus-based readability formula for Arabic texts: a prototype

Mat Daud, Nuraihan and Hassan, Haslina and Abdul Aziz, Normaziah (2013) Corpus-based readability formula for Arabic texts: a prototype. In: The 4th International Conference on Information & Communication Technology for the Muslim World (ICT4M), 25-27 Mar 2013, Rabat, Moroco.

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Abstract

This research aims to produce a readability formula for Arabic texts. There are already a few formulae used for measuring the readability level of English texts. Among them are Flesch, Gunning Fox and Dale-Chall formulae. Flesch Reading Ease scale is based on sentence length and the number of syllables per hundred words, Gunning Fox Index counts sentence length and percentage of multi-syllabic words and Dale-Chall formula counts sentence length and whether a word appears on a list of acceptable words. However, Arabic has its own language rules. Hence there is a need to develop a readability formula for Arabic. This will greatly assist in the production of texts for comprehension and for testing. A study on readability is therefore crucial in the development of Arabic reading and testing materials and also in language teaching and learning. This paper will present a prototype of a readability formula which is based on word frequency for calculating the level of Arabic texts difficulty.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Full Paper)
Additional Information: 419/30983
Uncontrolled Keywords: Arabic text, corpus
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General) > H61.8 Communication of information
P Language and Literature > PJ Semitic > PJ6001 Arabic
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Languages and Management
Depositing User: Prof. Nuraihan Mat Daud
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2013 02:33
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2013 02:38
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/30983

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