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Who’s in, who’s out? Predicting the inclusiveness or exclusiveness of personal pronouns in parliamentary debates

  • This paper presents a compositional annotation scheme to capture the clusivity properties of personal pronouns in context, that is their ability to construct and manage in-groups and out-groups by including/excluding the audience and/or non-speech act participants in reference to groups that also include the speaker. We apply and test our schema on pronoun instances in speeches taken from the German parliament. The speeches cover a time period from 2017-2021 and comprise manual annotations for 3,126 sentences. We achieve high inter-annotator agreement for our new schema, with a Cohen’s κ in the range of 89.7-93.2 and a percentage agreement of > 96%. Our exploratory analysis of in/exclusive pronoun use in the parliamentary setting provides some face validity for our new schema. Finally, we present baseline experiments for automatically predicting clusivity in political debates, with promising results for many referential constellations, yielding an overall 84.9% micro F1 for all pronouns.

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Author:Ines RehbeinORCiDGND, Josef RuppenhoferORCiDGND
Parent Title (English):Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2022). Marseille, France, 20-25 June 2022
Publisher:European Language Resources Association (ELRA)
Place of publication:Paris
Editor:Nicoletta Calzolari, Frédéric Béchet, Philippe Blache, Khalid Choukri, Christopher Cieri, Thierry Declerck, Sara Goggi, Hitoshi Isahara, Bente Maegaard, Joseph Mariani, Hélène Mazo, Jan Odijk, Stelios Piperidis
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of first Publication:2022
Date of Publication (online):2022/07/05
Publishing Institution:Leibniz-Institut für Deutsche Sprache (IDS)
Tag:clusivity; political text analysis; pronouns
GND Keyword:Deutsch; Deutschland. Deutscher Bundestag; Eigengruppe; Fremdgruppe; Parlamentsdebatte; Personalpronomen; Politik; Pronomen; Textlinguistik
First Page:5849
Last Page:5858
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Open Access?:ja
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Linguistics-Classification:Angewandte Linguistik
Linguistics-Classification:Pragmalinguistik / Kommunikationsforschung
Program areas:P2: Mündliche Korpora
Licence (English):License LogoCreative Commons - Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International