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Who do we think you are? Detecting salient identities in text

Presented by Dr Miriam Koschate-Reis, Psychology, University of Exeter

The University of Exeter Q-Step Centre seminar
Date20 November 2019
Time10:30 to 11:30
PlaceBuilding:One Syndicate Room B

Behaviour differs between social groups – this appears to be true for linguistic style as well. Recent research has shown differences between age, gender, religious and political groups in the way group members speak. Since we are members of many different social groups, the question arises whether group membership affects our linguistic style constantly or whether our style shifts towards the group membership most relevant to the situation.

In this talk, I will provide an overview of our recent work on detecting social identity salience in linguistic style using naturally occurring data in the form of online posts. I will use recent research on parent v feminist identities and libertarian v entrepreneur identities to argue that linguistic style can be used as a dynamic, indirect measure of social identity across online platforms.

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