TAASSC: Tool for the Automatic analysis of Syntactic Sophistication and Complexity
TAASSC is an advanced syntactic analysis tool. It measures a number of indices related to syntactic development. Included are classic indices of syntactic complexity (e.g., mean length of T-unit) and fine-grained indices of phrasal (e.g., number of adjectives per noun phrase) and clausal (e.g., number of adverbials per clause) complexity. Also included are indices that are grounded in usage-based perspectives to language acquisition that rely on frequency profiles of verb argument constructions.
TAASSC is easy to use. It takes plain text files as input (it will process all plain text files in a particular folder) and produces a comma separated values (.csv) spreadsheet that is easily read by any spreadsheet software.
Please use the following citation if you use TAASSC in your work:
Kyle, K. (2016). Measuring syntactic development in L2 writing: Fine grained indices of syntactic complexity and usage-based indices of syntactic sophistication (Doctoral Dissertation). Retrieved from http://scholarworks.gsu.edu/alesl_diss/35.
Also, if you use the L2SCA indices, please cite:
Lu, X. (2010). Automatic analysis of syntactic complexity in second language writing. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, 15(4):474-496.