Language Encodes Geographical Information

@article{Louwerse2009LanguageEG,
  title={Language Encodes Geographical Information},
  author={Max M. Louwerse and Rolf A. Zwaan},
  journal={Cognitive science},
  year={2009},
  volume={33 1},
  pages={51-73}
}
Population counts and longitude and latitude coordinates were estimated for the 50 largest cities in the United States by computational linguistic techniques and by human participants. The mathematical technique Latent Semantic Analysis applied to newspaper texts produced similarity ratings between the 50 cities that allowed for a multidimensional scaling (MDS) of these cities. MDS coordinates correlated with the actual longitude and latitude of these cities, showing that cities that are… CONTINUE READING
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