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LIX 68 revisited - An extended readability measure

Conference paper
Authors Katarina Mühlenbock
Sofie Johansson Kokkinakis
Published in Proceedings of Corpus Linguistics 2009
Publication year 2009
Published at Department of Swedish
Language en
Keywords Readability, easy-to-read, language technology, statistical analysis, computer based analysis
Subject categories Mathematical statistics, Language Technology (Computational Linguistics)


Language- and genre specific readability measures are useful for texts adapted for a specific group of readers. We regard the Swedish readability index LIX, based solely on the surface structure of a text, as insufficient for determining the degree of adaptation required for highly heterogeneous groups of readers. Therefore, we suggest additional parameters to be considered when aiming at tailored text production. A corpus based comparative study suggests that features mirroring the vocabulary load, sentence structure, idea density and human interest might contribute to a more accurate and reliable scoring of readability.

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