Talks and Poster Presentations (with Proceedings-Entry):
R. Commins, J. Caroll, T. Wharton, G. Fitzpatrick, S. Fleming:
"140 Characters in search of an audience: Linguistic and non-linguistic features of the construction of context in twitter utterances";
Poster: 5th International Conference on Spatial Cognition ICSC 2012,
- 2012-09-08; in: "Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Spatial Cognition ICSC 2012",
Processing - International Quarterly of Cognitive Science / Springer,
The increasingly pervasive use of personalised networked devices such as cell phones and desktops, coupled with widespread participation in social networking services, has created exciting opportunities for research into aspects of embodied language use and cognition. In this study we randomly sampled 200 tweets per user (100 cellphone, 100 desktop) from a corpus of over 8000 individual profiles from the social network Twitter, which comprised of 20.5 million tweets and 377 million words. The samples were analysed using an automated content analysis procedure using the pre-existing dictionaries of RID, LIWC, WordNet and Rogets& Thesaurus. Our aim was to identify, through frequency counts, salient linguistic features specifically characteristic to either device that matched the classifications and words of the dic- tionaries. The overall results showed clear, and in some instances stark, language variation across devices. Language associated with cellphone use consistently displayed high statistical significance towards a more immediate, embodied, affective involvement in material circum- stances. By contrast, language expressed through desktops, displayed more abstract, considered and reflective form of language use. In addition, distinct categorical clusters emerged across devices, despite dictionaries having been originally constructed for different purposes. This research offers a unique perspective on types of language varia- tion that emerge from distinct interactions of participants with their technology at hand, and their perceived context. In ongoing work we are exploring how that context is not only perceived but also coordi- nated, in order to establish a unique theoretical perspective and an empirical framework exploring the complex relationship between embodiment, cognition and technology.
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