Great article written by Ben Zimmer, a former On Language columnist for The New York Times Magazine, executive producer of VisualThesaurus.com & Vocabulary.com. This appeared on Sunday in The New York Times
"For researchers, Twitter provides virtually limitless data about language in action."
Here are a few gems:
**Twitter is many things to many people, but lately it has been a gold mine for scholars in fields like linguistics, sociology and psychology who are looking for real-time language data to analyze.
**Twitter’s appeal to researchers is its immediacy — and its immensity.
**Regardless of how unserious Twitter exchanges may appear on the surface, linguists are discovering that Twitter can help uncover truths about our social interactions that are quite serious indeed.
James W. Pennebaker, a social psychologist at the University of Texas who pioneered the text-analysis program often used in this kind of research, warns that positive and negative emotion words are the “low-hanging fruit” in such studies, and
**that deeper linguistic analysis should be explored to provide a “richer, more nuanced view” of how people present themselves to the world.
But even if we can’t expect Twitter to be an unerring emotional barometer, it is proving extremely valuable for understanding how language varies among different demographic groups.
Curated by JanLGordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media & Beyond"
Read full article: http://nyti.ms/rT1w9O