Linguistic Adaptation in Conversation Threads: Analyzing Alignment in Online Health Communities

Yafei Wang, David Reitter, John Yen

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Abstract

Previous studies of alignment have focused on two-party conversations. We study multi-party conversation in online health communities, which have shown benefits for their members from forum conversations. So far, our understanding of the relationship between alignment in such multi-party conversations and its possible connection to member benefits has been limited. This paper quantifies linguistic alignment in the oldest and the largest cancer online forum. Alignment at lexical and syntactic levels, as well as decay of alignment was observed in forum threads, although the decay was slower than commonly found in psycholinguistic studies. The different pattern of adaptation to the initial post on a thread suggests that specific roles in the online forum (e.g., seeking support from the community) can potentially be revealed through alignment theory and its extensions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication5th Workshop on Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics, CMCL 2014 at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, ACL 2014 - Proceedings
EditorsVera Demberg, Tim O�Donnell
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics (ACL)
Pages55-62
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781941643051
StatePublished - 2014
Event5th Workshop on Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics, CMCL 2014 at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, ACL 2014 - Baltimore, United States
Duration: Jun 26 2014 → …

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics
ISSN (Print)0736-587X

Conference

Conference5th Workshop on Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics, CMCL 2014 at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, ACL 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBaltimore
Period6/26/14 → …

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Language and Linguistics

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