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From: Humanist Discussion Group <willard.mccarty-AT-mccarty.org.uk>
To: humanist-AT-lists.digitalhumanities.org
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2008 08:53:46 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: [Humanist]  22.347 affect in text-analysis


                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 347.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    "J. Stephen Downie" <jdownie-AT-uiuc.edu>                    (22)
        Subject: Re: [Humanist]  22.346 affect in text-analysis?

  [2]   From:    John Unsworth <unsworth-AT-illinois.edu>                     (28)
        Subject: Re: [Humanist]  22.346 affect in text-analysis?


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        Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2008 11:17:13 -0600
        From: "J. Stephen Downie" <jdownie-AT-uiuc.edu>
        Subject: Re: [Humanist]  22.346 affect in text-analysis?
        In-Reply-To: <20081121164607.92AE626168-AT-woodward.joyent.us>


Hi WM and HDG:

The short answer is: absolutely!

In fact, I see this whole area of research ripe with opportunities. In 
my lab , we (being led by my PhD student, Xiao Hu) are attempting to 
triangulate the relationships between/among:

1. the "affect tags" as supplied unsolicited by music lovers
2. the actual audio associated with these tags
3. the lyric text of the above pieces

Will let you know how we make out in about 4 months!

Cheers,
Stephen

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        Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2008 14:59:22 -0600
        From: John Unsworth <unsworth-AT-illinois.edu>
        Subject: Re: [Humanist]  22.346 affect in text-analysis?
        In-Reply-To: <20081121164607.92AE626168-AT-woodward.joyent.us>


Willard,

There's relevant research on this topic being done at the Beckman  
Institute here at the University of Illinois:

http://www.linguistics.uiuc.edu/rws/

John Unsworth

On Nov 21, 2008, at 10:46 AM, Humanist Discussion Group wrote:

>                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 346.
>         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
>                       www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist
>                Submit to: humanist-AT-lists.digitalhumanities.org
>
>
>
>        Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2008 11:33:02 +0000
>        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty-AT-mccarty.org.uk>
>        >
> In a recent lecture, the philosopher Peter Railton pointed to research
> in cognitive psychology that demonstrates the importance of affect in
> reading. His argument was that affect kicks in prior to any semantic
> relationship to the writing, that which it depicts etc, and helps to
> determine how meaning is formed.
>
> Does this not mean that affect has to enter into text-analysis? And  
> how
> might that be done?
>
> Yours,
> WM


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