Question about error marking and MLU

Brian MacWhinney macw at cmu.edu
Wed Apr 12 22:33:21 EDT 2017


Dear Sara,
     You should be omitting the form in brackets.  In other words, you should just have love [* m:0es] without the corrected target form.  The only to insert a target form when the form the speaker produced was a nonword that MOR would not recognize.

--Brian MacWhinney

From: <chibolts at googlegroups.com> on behalf of Sara Robinson <sararobinsonslp at gmail.com>
Reply-To: "chibolts at googlegroups.com" <chibolts at googlegroups.com>
Date: Wednesday, 12 April 2017 at 9:53 PM
To: chibolts <chibolts at googlegroups.com>
Subject: Question about error marking and MLU

Hello,

I have a question about marking errors in an utterance and how this affects the calculation of MLU.  We have been marking errors in the following way:
*CHI:        she love [: loves] [*m:a0es] 0to go out with her friend [: friends] [m:a0s] .
%mor: pro:sub|she v|love-3S 0inf|to v|go adv|out prep|with pro:poss:det|her n|friend-PL .

However, it looks like the %mor line is using the words in brackets, which would then inflate the MLU.  Is this the correct way to mark these errors, or should we just be using the [*m:a0es] and omit the correct word in the brackets?  Thanks for your help!

Sara Robinson
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