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Finding Zelig in text: A measure for normalising linguistic accommodation

Jones, Simon; Cotterill, Rachel; Dewdney, Nigel; Muir, Kate; Joinson, Adam

Authors

Simon Jones

Rachel Cotterill

Nigel Dewdney

Kate Muir kate.muir@uwe.ac.uk



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.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Start Date Aug 1, 2014
Publication Date Aug 1, 2014
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 455-465
APA6 Citation Jones, S., Cotterill, R., Dewdney, N., Muir, K., & Joinson, A. (2014, August). Finding Zelig in text: A measure for normalising linguistic accommodation. Paper presented at Proceedings of COLING 2014, the 25th International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Keywords Zeling, text, measure, linguistic
Publisher URL http://www.aclweb.org/anthology/C14-1044
Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : Proceedings of COLING 2014, the 25th International Conference on Computational Linguistics

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