You Write like You Eat: Stylistic Variation as a Predictor of Social Stratification

Angelo Basile, Albert Gatt, Malvina Nissim


Abstract
Inspired by Labov’s seminal work on stylisticvariation as a function of social stratification,we develop and compare neural models thatpredict a person’s presumed socio-economicstatus, obtained through distant supervision,from their writing style on social media. Thefocus of our work is on identifying the mostimportant stylistic parameters to predict socio-economic group. In particular, we show theeffectiveness of morpho-syntactic features aspredictors of style, in contrast to lexical fea-tures, which are good predictors of topic
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P19-1246
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Proceedings of the 57th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics
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July
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2019
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Florence, Italy
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ACL
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Association for Computational Linguistics
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2583–2593
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https://aclanthology.org/P19-1246
DOI:
10.18653/v1/P19-1246
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