City University of Hong Kong Dep
Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics
Research Degree Forum
Investigating Variations in Adjective Use across Different Text Categories
Ms. CAO Jing
PhD candidate, Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics, City University of Hong Kong
Date: 26 February 2009, Thursday
Time: 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Venue: B7603 (7/F, Blue Zone), Academic Building, CityU
Adjectives are an informative but understudied linguistic entity with good potentials in sentiment analysis, text classification and automatic genre detection. In this talk, we report an investigation of the variations in adjective use across different text categories represented in a sizable corpus. In particular, we report the distribution of adjectives across a range of categories grouped together as academic prose in the British National Corpus. We shall measure inter-category similarity in the use of adjectives and demonstrate with empirical data that adjectives are an effective differentia of text categories or domains, at least in terms of arts and sciences as the two major sub-categories within academic prose.
Ms. CAO Jing is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics. Her research interest mainly involves corpus/computational linguistics and terminology.