Paper: Characterizing Stylistic Elements in Syntactic Structure

ACL ID D12-1139
Title Characterizing Stylistic Elements in Syntactic Structure
Venue Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
Session Main Conference
Year 2012

Much of the writing styles recognized in rhetorical and composition theories involve deep syntactic elements. However, most previous research for computational sty- lometric analysis has relied on shallow lexico-syntactic patterns. Some very re- cent work has shown that PCFG models can detect distributional difference in syn- tactic styles, but without offering much in- sights into exactly what constitute salient stylistic elements in sentence structure characterizing each authorship. In this paper, we present a comprehensive ex- ploration of syntactic elements in writing styles, with particular emphasis on inter- pretable characterization of stylistic ele- ments. We present analytic insights with respect to the authorship attribution task in two different domains.