The Language of Emotion in Short Blog Texts

Alastair J. Gill, Robert M. French, Darren Gergle, Jon Oberlander

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Abstract / Description of output

Emotion is central to human interactions, and automatic detection could enhance our experience with technologies. We investigate the linguistic expression of fine-grained emotion in 50 and 200 word samples of real blog texts previously coded by expert and naive raters. Content analysis (LIWC) reveals angry authors use more affective language and negative affect words, and that joyful authors use more positive affect words. Additionally, a co-occurrence semantic space approach (LSA) was able to identify fear (which naive human emotion raters could not do). We relate our findings to human emotion perception and note potential computational applications.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2008 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Publication series

NameCSCW '08

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • affect, blogs, emotion, language, text analysis


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