Wetin dey with these comments? Modeling Sociolinguistic Factors Affecting Code-switching Behavior in Nigerian Online Discussions

Innocent Ndubuisi-Obi, Sayan Ghosh, David Jurgens


Abstract
Multilingual individuals code switch between languages as a part of a complex communication process. However, most computational studies have examined only one or a handful of contextual factors predictive of switching. Here, we examine Naija-English code switching in a rich contextual environment to understand the social and topical factors eliciting a switch. We introduce a new corpus of 330K articles and accompanying 389K comments labeled for code switching behavior. In modeling whether a comment will switch, we show that topic-driven variation, tribal affiliation, emotional valence, and audience design all play complementary roles in behavior.
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P19-1625
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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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6204–6214
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https://aclanthology.org/P19-1625
DOI:
10.18653/v1/P19-1625
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Innocent Ndubuisi-Obi, Sayan Ghosh, and David Jurgens. 2019. Wetin dey with these comments? Modeling Sociolinguistic Factors Affecting Code-switching Behavior in Nigerian Online Discussions. In Proceedings of the 57th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, pages 6204–6214, Florence, Italy. Association for Computational Linguistics.
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Wetin dey with these comments? Modeling Sociolinguistic Factors Affecting Code-switching Behavior in Nigerian Online Discussions (Ndubuisi-Obi et al., ACL 2019)
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