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Readibility: Examining its Usefulness in the Field of Controlled Language

Volume 7 Issue 1


Author: Patrick Cadwell


This article is based on a survey of text-user attitudes. The survey aimed to discover: whether the concept of readability has merit in the field of controlled language; and whether readability is increased by applying controlledlanguage rules to a sample of technical texts. The article attempts to provide much-needed empirical data to a neglected area of controlled-language research, and to examine the concept of readability that appears to be misunderstood, undervalued and misused. In particular, the paper examines issues concerning reader preference, the predictability of readability formulas, and the variables that impact on readability as a whole. Moreover, though the participant samples in the study were too small to be generalised to larger populations, the trends identified here indicate useful directions for future research.

Keywords: readability, controlled language, reader preference, empirical data

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