A Case Study of Analysis of Construals in Language on Social Media Surrounding a Crisis Event

@inproceedings{Aboufoul2021ACS,
  title={A Case Study of Analysis of Construals in Language on Social Media Surrounding a Crisis Event},
  author={Lolo Aboufoul and Khyati Mahajan and Tiffany Derville Gallicano and Sara M. Levens and Samira Shaikh},
  booktitle={ACL},
  year={2021}
}
The events that took place at the Unite the Right rally held in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 11-12, 2017 caused intense reaction on social media from users across the political spectrum. We present a novel application of psycholinguistics - specifically, construal level theory - to analyze the language on social media around this event of social import through topic models. We find that including psycholinguistic measures of concreteness as covariates in topic models can lead to informed… 

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