Feelings from the Past—Adapting Affective Lexicons for Historical Emotion Analysis

Sven Buechel, Johannes Hellrich, Udo Hahn


Abstract
We here describe a novel methodology for measuring affective language in historical text by expanding an affective lexicon and jointly adapting it to prior language stages. We automatically construct a lexicon for word-emotion association of 18th and 19th century German which is then validated against expert ratings. Subsequently, this resource is used to identify distinct emotional patterns and trace long-term emotional trends in different genres of writing spanning several centuries.
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W16-4008
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Proceedings of the Workshop on Language Technology Resources and Tools for Digital Humanities (LT4DH)
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December
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2016
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Osaka, Japan
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LT4DH | WS
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The COLING 2016 Organizing Committee
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54–61
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