Code-Switching as a Social Act: The Case of Arabic Wikipedia Talk Pages

Michael Yoder, Shruti Rijhwani, Carolyn Rosé, Lori Levin


Abstract
Code-switching has been found to have social motivations in addition to syntactic constraints. In this work, we explore the social effect of code-switching in an online community. We present a task from the Arabic Wikipedia to capture language choice, in this case code-switching between Arabic and other languages, as a predictor of social influence in collaborative editing. We find that code-switching is positively associated with Wikipedia editor success, particularly borrowing technical language on pages with topics less directly related to Arabic-speaking regions.
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W17-2911
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Proceedings of the Second Workshop on NLP and Computational Social Science
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August
Year:
2017
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Vancouver, Canada
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NLP+CSS | WS
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Association for Computational Linguistics
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73–82
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https://www.aclweb.org/anthology/W17-2911
DOI:
10.18653/v1/W17-2911
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