Dominique Letrésor

What is Algeratura?

Algeratura, a reading and writing software package including four modules, points out new ways for a creative use of the computer in the language area. Algeratura is a student-oriented software using the concepts of simulation and experimentation. The main objectives of the Algeratura can be resumed in three points:

- To reveal to the student the possibilities of communication of a language

- To stimulate the creative capacities of the student

- To help him in his production

The package has been conceived as a tool to be used in the classroom for the teacher and the students to work together.

Algeratura exploits the language combinatory structure to offer its user, i.e. who learns the language, an experimental field where he has the power to produce several compositions.

Algeratura is not a knowledge-base checking the linguistic pertinence of the child's productions. On one hand, it tends to sensibilize the student to some special points of the grammatical and/or narrative structures. Allowing the user to test different expressions non-currently produced (not for being incorrect, but for being out of the limits of the current use), it permits the student to discover the extent of the language possibilities and to enlarge his expression means.

Algeratura exists in DOS version since 1991, this demonstration will present two modules in their new version in WINDOWS 3.1: a Relação XYZ which permits the creation of the text from the interpretation of a relation between 2, 3 or 4 characters, and the Varitexto which exploits the structure of a text to create new versions (and consequently new meanings) of that text.

A relação XYZ

The software Relação XYZ aims to help the student to produce a written text. Based on the parallel that can be drawn between a simple human relationship (for example X thinks Y is Z) and its mathematical description (f (x, y) = z), the software reads the mathematical table of this relation defined by the user and produces a text that is the textual interpretation of the information of the table. This "first draft" automatically produced by the computer is then used for the production of a more complete version of the story: modification, development, embellishment of the text.

To do so, the user can write directly from the text editor, or get some help from libraries of vocabulary to insert or substitute words into the text. These words or current expressions are classified into open databases, that is the user (teacher or student) can add new words or new expressions for further utilization.

O Varitexto

This software aims to sensibilize the user to the syntactic structure of a text. To do so, the user can modify the lexical content without changing the syntactic structure. The text is first presented in its original version with the access to libraries of adverbs, nouns and adjectives. This allows the user to substitute the words of the original text, giving it a different meaning.