Finding Zelig in Text: A Measure for Normalising Linguistic Accommodation

Simon Jones, Rachel Cotterill, Nigel Dewdney, Kate Muir, A Joinson

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages455-465
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2014
Event25th International Conference on Computational Linguistics - Ireland, Dublin, UK United Kingdom
Duration: 23 Aug 201429 Aug 2014

Conference

Conference25th International Conference on Computational Linguistics
CountryUK United Kingdom
CityDublin
Period23/08/1429/08/14

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  • Datasets

    English Speed Networking Conversational Transcripts LDC2016T16

    Muir, K. (Creator), Joinson, A. (Related Person), Cotterill, R. (Related Person) & Dewdney, N. (Related Person), Linguistic Data Consortium, 15 Jul 2016

    Dataset

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    Jones, S., Cotterill, R., Dewdney, N., Muir, K., & Joinson, A. (2014). Finding Zelig in Text: A Measure for Normalising Linguistic Accommodation. 455-465. Paper presented at 25th International Conference on Computational Linguistics, Dublin, UK United Kingdom. https://www.aclweb.org/anthology/C14-1044