People with intellectual, language and learning disabilities face accessibility barriers when reading texts with complex words. To offer support to these reading aids, a lexical simplification system for Spanish has been developed and is presented in this article. The system covers the complex word identification task and offers replacement candidates with the substitute generation and selection task. These tasks have followed machine learning techniques and contextual embeddings using Easy Reading and Plain Language resources, such as dictionaries and corpora. These findings represent an additional advancement in the lexical simplification of texts in Spanish and in a generic domain using easy-to-read resources.
The article is by Rodrigo Alarcon, Lourdes Moreno and Paloma Martínez from the HULAT group in the EASIER project.