10 July 2017, Cologne, International Conference on Computational Social Science
Language is one of the main instruments by which people construct their identity and manage their social network. With the rise of social media and the increasing interest in studying social phenomena through large-scale text analysis, there has been a surge of interest in analyzing and modeling the social dimension of language using computational approaches. This tutorial provides a comprehensive overview of the emerging field of Computational Sociolinguistics.
People do not act in isolation, but they are part of pairs, groups and communities. Topics that will be discussed include the automatic extraction of social relationships from text, approaches to measure and analyze style shifting, and how members adapt their language to conform to or sometimes diverge from community norms.
Many people are multilingual and they may use multiple languages in their daily communication. They may even use multiple languages in a single conversation and the choice of language depends on a variety of factors, such as the audience and topic. This part discusses computational approaches to process, model and analyze multilingual communication.
A reflection on methodological challenges that arise from the interdisciplinary character of this research area, with a focus on how NLP can support theory building and explanation. Furthermore, the tutorial will discuss challenges related to data (e.g., biases) and will highlight relevant ethical challenges.
Basic machine learning knowledge will be assumed but the tutorial will be accessible to an interdisciplinary audience, some who may be new to computational linguistics.
Dong Nguyen is a research fellow at the Alan Turing Institute. She has a PhD degree from the University of Twente and a master’s degree from the Language Technologies Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research has been featured in various media outlets, including Time Magazine and the New York Times. She is also affiliated with Edinburgh University.