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Readability and Multilingualism

Conference paper
Authors Sofie Johansson Kokkinakis
Published in Multilingualism, Proceedings of the 23rd Scandinavian Conference of Linguistics
Volume Studia Linguistica Upsaliensia 8
Issue Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis
Pages 323-324
ISBN 978-91-554-7594-9
ISSN 1652-1366
Publication year 2009
Published at Department of Swedish
Pages 323-324
Language en
Keywords Multilingualism, readability, language technology
Subject categories Language Technology (Computational Linguistics), Bilingualism, Swedish language


Heavy focus is today put on texts for different purposes. They must be readable and even in some cases easy-to-read and understand. This is partly dependant upon the fact that we live in a society where information is intensive and where it is getting more and more important to find the information and to retrieve the informationavailable especially on the Internet. That some texts in certain situations have to be easy-to-read and understand is due to the fact that the information has to be accessible for everyone irrespective of educational background or mother tongue. Texts in this situation are often directed to adults and concern information from the government, the society, news, social and medical care etc. Similar demands on readability are raised for texts directed to children and youth, where texts might be literature and school text books and texts in different kinds of test situations.

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