Social and Emotional Correlates of Capitalization on Twitter

Sophia Chan, Alona Fyshe


Abstract
Social media text is replete with unusual capitalization patterns. We posit that capitalizing a token like THIS performs two expressive functions: it marks a person socially, and marks certain parts of an utterance as more salient than others. Focusing on gender and sentiment, we illustrate using a corpus of tweets that capitalization appears in more negative than positive contexts, and is used more by females compared to males. Yet we find that both genders use capitalization in a similar way when expressing sentiment.
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W18-1102
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Proceedings of the Second Workshop on Computational Modeling of People’s Opinions, Personality, and Emotions in Social Media
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June
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2018
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New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
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NAACL | PEOPLES | WS
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Association for Computational Linguistics
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10–15
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https://www.aclweb.org/anthology/W18-1102
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10.18653/v1/W18-1102
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