PASCAL - Pattern Analysis, Statistical Modelling and Computational Learning

I thou thee, thou traitor: predicting formal vs. informal address in english literature
Manaal Faruqui and Sebastian Pado
In: 49th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Portland, Oregon, USA(2011).

Abstract

In contrast to many languages (like Russian or French), modern English does not distinguish formal and informal ("T/V") address overtly, for example by pronoun choice. We describe an ongoing study which investigates to what degree the T/V distinction is recoverable in English text, and with what textual features it correlates. Our findings are: (a) human raters can label English utterances as T or V fairly well, given sufficient context; (b), lexical cues can predict T/V almost at human level.

EPrint Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Project Keyword:Project Keyword UNSPECIFIED
Subjects:Natural Language Processing
ID Code:8483
Deposited By:Sebastian Pado
Deposited On:16 February 2012