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Towards modelling language innovation acceptance in online social networks

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posted on 2016-06-16, 09:42 authored by Daniel Kershaw, Matthew Rowe, Patrick StaceyPatrick Stacey
Language change and innovation is constant in on-line and off-line communication, and has led to new words entering people's lexicon and even entering modern day dictionaries, with recent additions of `e-cig' and `vape'. However the manual work required to identify these `innovations' is both time consuming and subjective. In this work we demonstrate how such innovations in language can be identified across two different OSN's (Online Social Networks) through the operationalisation of known language acceptance models that incorporate relatively simple statistical tests. From grounding our work in language theory, we identified three statistical tests that can be applied - variation in; frequency, form and meaning. Each show different success rates across the two networks (Geo-bound Twitter sample and a sample of Reddit). These tests were also applied to different community levels within the two networks allowing for different innovations to be identified across different community structures over the two networks, for instance: identifying regional variation across Twitter, and variation across groupings of Subreddits, where identified example innovations included `casualidad' and `cym'.

Funding

This work is funded by the Digital Economy programme (RCUK Grant EP/G037582/1), which supports the High-Wire Centre for Doctoral Training (http://highwire.lancs.ac.uk).

History

School

  • Business and Economics

Department

  • Business

Published in

WSDM'16

Citation

KERSHAW, D., ROWE, M. and STACEY, P.K., 2016. Towards modelling language innovation acceptance in online social networks. IN: Proceedings of the Ninth ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM'16), San Francisco, 22-25 Feb. pp.553-562.

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© The Authors. Published by ACM

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

2016-02-22

Publication date

2016

Notes

© Authors. Published by ACM 2016. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive Version of Record was published in Proceedings of the Ninth ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM'16), San Francisco, 22-25 Feb. pp.553-562. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2835776.2835784

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en

Location

San Francisco