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).


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