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Tracing changes in thematic structure of holiday picture postcards from 1950s to 2010s


Sugisaki, Kyoko; Wiedmer, Nicolas; Naef, Marcel; Hausendorf, Heiko (2018). Tracing changes in thematic structure of holiday picture postcards from 1950s to 2010s. In: Proceedings of the Workshop on Computational Methods in the Humanities 2018 : Workshop on Computational Methods in the Humanities 2018 (COMHUM), Lausanne, 4 June 2018 - 5 June 2018, 67-75.

Abstract

In this paper, we present our study of the changes of thematic structures in holiday picture postcards from 1950s to 2010s. We use over 1,000 cards that we annotated manually with thematic information and apply a clustering method (principal component analysis, PCA) to analyse the thematic structure. The primary objective of our study is to group cards with similar thematic structure and to analyse changes of themes over the decades. Our PCA analyses indicate that holiday postcards have been changed in terms of (1) thematic structure, (2) function of text, and (3) language patterns of the speech act ‘greeting’.

Abstract

In this paper, we present our study of the changes of thematic structures in holiday picture postcards from 1950s to 2010s. We use over 1,000 cards that we annotated manually with thematic information and apply a clustering method (principal component analysis, PCA) to analyse the thematic structure. The primary objective of our study is to group cards with similar thematic structure and to analyse changes of themes over the decades. Our PCA analyses indicate that holiday postcards have been changed in terms of (1) thematic structure, (2) function of text, and (3) language patterns of the speech act ‘greeting’.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of German Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
410 Linguistics
Language:English
Event End Date:5 June 2018
Deposited On:14 Feb 2019 08:36
Last Modified:30 Oct 2019 08:03
Publisher:CEUR-WS
Series Name:CEUR Workshop Proceedings
ISSN:1613-0073
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-2314/

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