An evaluation framework for controlled natural languages

Tobias Kuhn*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review


This paper presents a general framework called ontographs that relies on a graphical notation and enables the tool-independent and reliable evaluation of human understandability of knowledge representation languages. An experiment with 64 participants is presented that applies this framework and compares a controlled natural language to a common formal language. The results show that the controlled natural language is easier to understand, needs less learning time, and is more accepted by its users.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationControlled Natural Language - Workshop on Controlled Natural Language, CNL 2009, Revised Papers
Number of pages20
Volume5972 LNAI
ISBN (Print)3642144179, 9783642144172
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
EventWorkshop on Controlled Natural Language, CNL 2009 - Marettimo Island, Italy
Duration: 8 Jun 200910 Jun 2009

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume5972 LNAI
ISSN (Print)03029743
ISSN (Electronic)16113349


ConferenceWorkshop on Controlled Natural Language, CNL 2009
CityMarettimo Island


Dive into the research topics of 'An evaluation framework for controlled natural languages'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this