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Language Complexity and Readability

The complexity of texts is a multi-faceted phenomenon that affects the readability of documents but also contributes to characterizing the style of a writer / speaker. Furthermore, also a 'subjective' component is involved in language complexity, since a document which is understandable by certain readers may be obscure for others. With this respect, the complexity of texts is intertwined with the problem of language use and evolution, and can be investigated also from a diachronical perspective.

Application cases: 

1) Evaluation of language complexity changes in an author over time.
2) Evaluation of the complexity of texts also in multilingual scenarios.

Objectives: 
  • Analyzing the dimensions affecting the complexity of a text  
  • Developing metrics and implementing tools able to capture such dimensions and to measure language complexity
  • Based on these metrics and on distributional methods, analyzing and comparing language complexity across different writers / speakers, and its evolution over time.