Language and Politics
Language & Politics

In this project, we investigate the strategic aspects of word choice in political communication, be it for framing a discussion of a particular issue, for communicating strong leadership, or for reaching out to a particular constituency in the audience. Using automatic tools for identifying groups of related words in texts, we study singular combinations of strategies in specific pieces of communication, as well as recurrent patterns of word choice across time. Current projects involve presidential rhetoric and the use of metaphor in political communication.

Publications related to this project include:

Beigman Klebanov, B., Beigman, E., and Diermeier, D. 2009.
Discourse topics and metaphors.
Proceedings of the North American Association for Computational Linguistics' 2009 Workshop on Computational Approaches to Linguistic Creativity, pages 1-8.

Beigman Klebanov, B., Diermeier, D., and Beigman, E. 2008.
Lexical cohesion analysis of political speech.
Political Analysis 16(4):447-463.

Beigman Klebanov, B., Diermeier, D., and Beigman, E. 2008.
Automatic annotation of semantic fields for political science research.
Journal of Information Technology and Politics 5(1):95-120.