What Makes your Writing Style Unique? Significant Differences Between Two Famous Romanian Orators

Mihai Dascalu, Daniela Gifu, Stefan Trausan-Matu

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Abstract

This paper introduces a novel, in-depth approach of analyzing the differences in writing style between two famous Romanian orators, based on automated textual complexity indices for Romanian language. The considered authors are: (a) Mihai Eminescu, Romania’s national poet and a remarkable journalist of his time, and (b) Ion C. Brătianu, one of the most important Romanian politicians from the middle of the 18th century. Both orators have a common journalistic interest consisting in their desire to spread the word about political issues in Romania via the printing press, the most important public voice at that time. In addition, both authors exhibit writing style particularities, and our aim is to explore these differences through our ReaderBench framework that computes a wide range of lexical and semantic textual complexity indices for Romanian and other languages. The used corpus contains two collections of speeches for each orator that cover the period 1857–1880. The results of this study highlight the lexical and cohesive textual complexity indices that reflect very well the differences in writing style, measures relying on Latent Semantic Analysis (LSA) and Latent Dirichlet Allocation (LDA) semantic models.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication8th Int. Conf. on Computational Collective Intelligence (ICCCI 2016)
Subtitle of host publicationComputational Collective Intelligence
EditorsN.T. Nguyen, L. Illiadis, Y. Manopoulos, B. Trawinski
PublisherSpringer
Pages143-152
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-45243-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event8th Int. Conf. on Computational Collective Intelligence (ICCCI 2016): Computational Collective Intelligence - Halkidiki, Greece
Duration: 28 Sep 201630 Sep 2016
https://conferences.cwa.gr/iccci2016/index.html

Publication series

SeriesLecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (subseries)
Volume9875/9876

Conference

Conference8th Int. Conf. on Computational Collective Intelligence (ICCCI 2016)
CountryGreece
CityHalkidiki
Period28/09/1630/09/16
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Keywords

  • Writing style
  • Textual complexity for Romanian language
  • Comparable corpora
  • Famous orators

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Dascalu, M., Gifu, D., & Trausan-Matu, S. (2016). What Makes your Writing Style Unique? Significant Differences Between Two Famous Romanian Orators. In N. T. Nguyen, L. Illiadis, Y. Manopoulos, & B. Trawinski (Eds.), 8th Int. Conf. on Computational Collective Intelligence (ICCCI 2016): Computational Collective Intelligence (pp. 143-152). Springer. Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (subseries), Vol.. 9875/9876 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-45243-2_13