Emotions are fleeting. But when they’re captured in language, we can study how they spread from person to person, and even through time.
What impact does the emotional language of others have on you? And how many emotions are there anyway?
Linguist Daniel Midgley lets it all out on this episode of Talk the Talk.
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Promo with James Hall
Has the Voynich Manuscript been cracked? No, but another interesting teaser.
Sentiment analysis is an important subarea in computational linguistics.
When people post Facebook messages in rainy times, their posts have more negative emotion words — and so do those of their friends later.
Corvillo, et al.: Detecting Emotional Contagion in Massive Social Networks
Also: Facebook Use Predicts Declines in Subjective Well-Being in Young Adults
Hard times means a decade of miserable literature.
How do you spot emotions in text anyway? You could try Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC).
One rather clunky but successful approach involves hand-built lists of positive and negative words.
Paul Ekman did research in PNG and found emotions were the same as for Americans (PDF)
Can you pick the emotions in this simple test?
People recognise four emotions rather than six.
And, contra Ekman, these expressions do not appear to be universal.
The OED has added a bracket of new words
Including four versions of cunt
‘I Gotta Feeling’ by the Eagles of Death Metal
from the album Death by Sexy
‘It All Feels Right’ by Washed Out
from the album Paracosm