Identifying interpersonal distance using systemic features

Maria Herke-Couchman, Casey Whitelaw

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Abstract

This paper uses Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) theory as a basis for extracting semantic features of documents. We focus on the pronominal and determination system and the role it plays in constructing interpersonal distance. By using a hierarchical system model that represents the author’s language choices, it is possible to construct a rich and informative feature representation. Using these systemic features, we report clear separation between registers with different interpersonal distance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Australasian Language Technology Summer School (ALTSS) and Australasian Language Technology Workshop (ALTW)
EditorsCatherine Bow, Baden Hughes
Place of PublicationMelbourne
PublisherUniversity of Melbourne
Pages146-153
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)0975168711
Publication statusPublished - 2003
EventAustralasian Language Technology Summer School (ALTSS) and Australasian Language Technology Workshop (ALTW) (2003) - Melbourne
Duration: 8 Dec 200312 Dec 2003

Workshop

WorkshopAustralasian Language Technology Summer School (ALTSS) and Australasian Language Technology Workshop (ALTW) (2003)
CityMelbourne
Period8/12/0312/12/03

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    Herke-Couchman, M., & Whitelaw, C. (2003). Identifying interpersonal distance using systemic features. In C. Bow, & B. Hughes (Eds.), Proceedings of the Australasian Language Technology Summer School (ALTSS) and Australasian Language Technology Workshop (ALTW) (pp. 146-153). Melbourne: University of Melbourne.