Linguistic Ethnography: Identifying Dominant Word Classes in Text

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This paper discusses linguistic ethnography.

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Pulman, Stephen & Mihalcea, Rada, 1974- March 2009.


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Abstract: In this paper, we propose a method for "linguistic ethnography" - a general mechanism for characterizing texts with respect to the dominance of certain classes of words. Using humor as a case study, the authors explore the automatic learning of salient word classes, including semantic classes (e.g., person, animal), psycholinguistic classes (e.g., tentative, cause), and affective load (e.g., anger, happiness). We measure the reliability of the derived word classes and their associated dominance scores by showing significant correlation across different corpora.


  • Conference on Computational Linguistics and Intelligent Text Processing (CICLing), 2009, Mexico City, Mexico


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Pulman, Stephen & Mihalcea, Rada, 1974-. Linguistic Ethnography: Identifying Dominant Word Classes in Text, paper, March 2009; ( accessed May 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library,; crediting UNT College of Engineering.