x-enVENT: A Corpus of Event Descriptions with Experiencer-specific Emotion and Appraisal Annotations

Enrica Troiano, Laura Ana Maria Oberlaender, Maximilian Wegge, Roman Klinger


Abstract
Emotion classification is often formulated as the task to categorize texts into a predefined set of emotion classes. So far, this task has been the recognition of the emotion of writers and readers, as well as that of entities mentioned in the text. We argue that a classification setup for emotion analysis should be performed in an integrated manner, including the different semantic roles that participate in an emotion episode. Based on appraisal theories in psychology, which treat emotions as reactions to events, we compile an English corpus of written event descriptions. The descriptions depict emotion-eliciting circumstances, and they contain mentions of people who responded emotionally. We annotate all experiencers, including the original author, with the emotions they likely felt. In addition, we link them to the event they found salient (which can be different for different experiencers in a text) by annotating event properties, or appraisals (e.g., the perceived event undesirability, the uncertainty of its outcome). Our analysis reveals patterns in the co-occurrence of people’s emotions in interaction. Hence, this richly-annotated resource provides useful data to study emotions and event evaluations from the perspective of different roles, and it enables the development of experiencer-specific emotion and appraisal classification systems.
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2022.lrec-1.146
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Proceedings of the Thirteenth Language Resources and Evaluation Conference
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June
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2022
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Marseille, France
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European Language Resources Association
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1365–1375
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Enrica Troiano, Laura Ana Maria Oberlaender, Maximilian Wegge, and Roman Klinger. 2022. x-enVENT: A Corpus of Event Descriptions with Experiencer-specific Emotion and Appraisal Annotations. In Proceedings of the Thirteenth Language Resources and Evaluation Conference, pages 1365–1375, Marseille, France. European Language Resources Association.
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x-enVENT: A Corpus of Event Descriptions with Experiencer-specific Emotion and Appraisal Annotations (Troiano et al., LREC 2022)
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