Individual differences and implicit language: personality, parts-of-speech and pervasiveness

Jon Oberlander, Alastair J. Gill

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Dewaele and Furnham predict that in oral language Extraverts prefer to produce what they term implicit language. They use: more pronouns, adverbs and verbs; and fewer nouns, adjectives and prepositions. However, communication in a computer-mediated environment, such as e-mail, might disrupt these preferences. Also, other personality dimensions, such as Neuroticism, may be related to implicitness. The study exploited an existing corpus of e-mail texts written by native English speakers of known personality. Stratified corpus comparison used n-gram-based techniques from statistical natural language processing, to compare relative frequencies of use of (sequences of) parts-of-speech. Implicitness effects were found, and Neuroticism appeared to have a clearer impact than Extraversion
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Twenty-Sixth Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society
EditorsKenneth Forbus, Dedre Gentner, Terry Regier
PublisherLawrence Erlbaum Associates
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)0-8058-5464-9
Publication statusPublished - 2004

Publication series

NameCognitive Science Society
PublisherLawrence Erlbaum Associates Inc.
ISSN (Print)1047-1316


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