Accession Number : AD0717947

Title :   Towards the Automatic Generation of Programmed Foreign-Language Instructional Materials.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : STANFORD UNIV CALIF INST FOR MATHEMATICAL STUDIES IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES

Personal Author(s) : Van Campen,Joseph A.

Report Date : 11 JAN 1971

Pagination or Media Count : 57

Abstract : The report includes descriptions of the following: (1) A PDP-10 assembly language program for the selection from a coded vocabulary list of individual words to be used in generating a number of concrete drill sentences corresponding to a single abstract sentence pattern, (2) a coding system designed to allow the concise statement of a large set of semantic-syntactic patterns in which a given vocabulary item can be employed, (3) a program which utilizes material encoded according to the system described under (2) above to produce the total set of individual phrase and sentence patterns available for the teaching of the given vocabulary item, (4) a program for the automatic listing of individually coded vocabulary items under the semantic classes to which they belong, (5) a new string-manipulation language for the PDP-10 computer, designed to facilitate the creation of programs dealing with language material without excessive utilization of machine storage, and (6) an Elementary Verbal Communicator program for the conversion of a limited set of English language statements concerning a base and/or target language to (a) an operation-code string which can be used to locate appropriate frame-generation routines, and (b) a set of instructional variables to be utilized by such frame-generation routines. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*PROGRAMMED INSTRUCTION, *LANGUAGE), COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES, VOCABULARY, SEMANTICS, AUTOMATIC

Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Linguistics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE