Monday, January 10, 2011

The Psychological Functions of Function Words

Here is Chung & Pennebaker's 2007 paper on function words which crucially relies on Pennebakers' LWIC data: The Psychological Functions of Function Words (pdf). I have long felt that function words have been wrongly ignored by computational linguists and SEO specialists. While the use of stop lists have sped up processing time considerably, they have also wiped out huge amounts of semantically meaningful data. Nonetheless, I also feel the Pennebaker's LWIC corpus is not as transparent or as comprehensive as I would prefer it to be.

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