Finding Zelig in text: a measure for normalising linguistic accommodation

Jones, S, Cotterill, R, Dewdney, N, Muir, K and Joinson, A (2014) 'Finding Zelig in text: a measure for normalising linguistic accommodation.' In: Tsujii, J and Hajic, J, eds. Proceedings of COLING 2014, the 25th International Conference on Computational Linguistics: technical papers. Dublin City University/ACL, Dublin, Ireland, pp. 455-465. ISBN 9781941643266

Official URL: https://www.aclweb.org/anthology/C14-1044/

Abstract

Linguistic accommodation is a recognised indicator of social power and social distance. However, different individuals will vary their language to different degrees, and only a portion of this variance will be due to accommodation. This paper presents the 'Zelig Quotient', a method of normalising linguistic variation towards a particular individual, using an author’s other communications as a baseline, thence to derive a method for identifying accommodation-induced variation with statistical significance. This work provides a platform for future efforts towards examining the importance of such phenomena in large communications datasets.

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Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: School of Sciences
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