Annotating and Analyzing Semantic Role of Elementary Units and Relations in Online Persuasive Arguments

Ryo Egawa, Gaku Morio, Katsuhide Fujita


Abstract
For analyzing online persuasions, one of the important goals is to semantically understand how people construct comments to persuade others. However, analyzing the semantic role of arguments for online persuasion has been less emphasized. Therefore, in this study, we propose a novel annotation scheme that captures the semantic role of arguments in a popular online persuasion forum, so-called ChangeMyView. Through this study, we have made the following contributions: (i) proposing a scheme that includes five types of elementary units (EUs) and two types of relations. (ii) annotating ChangeMyView which results in 4612 EUs and 2713 relations in 345 posts. (iii) analyzing the semantic role of persuasive arguments. Our analyses captured certain characteristic phenomena for online persuasion.
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P19-2059
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Proceedings of the 57th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Student Research Workshop
Month:
July
Year:
2019
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Florence, Italy
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ACL
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Association for Computational Linguistics
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422–428
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https://www.aclweb.org/anthology/P19-2059
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10.18653/v1/P19-2059
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