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A Corpus for Argumentative Writing Support in German

@ International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING)



In this paper, we present a novel annotation approach to capture claims and premises of arguments and their relations in student-written persuasive peer reviews on business models in German language. We propose an annotation scheme based on annotation guidelines that allows to model claims and premises as well as support and attack relations for capturing the structure of argumentative discourse in student-written peer reviews. We conduct an annotation study with three annotators on 50 persuasive essays to evaluate our annotation scheme. The obtained inter-rater agreement of α = 0.57 for argument components and α = 0.49 for argumentative relations indicates that the proposed annotation scheme successfully guides annotators to moderate agreement. Finally, we present our freely available corpus of 1,000 persuasive student-written peer reviews on business models and our annotation guidelines to encourage future research on the design and development of argumentative writing support systems for students.

Thiemo Wambsganss, Christina Niklaus, Matthias Söllner, Siegfried Handschuh, Jan Marco Leimeister

27 Oct 2020

Item Type
Conference or Workshop Item
Journal Title
International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING)
Subject Areas
information management