Paper: Now We Stronger than Ever: African-American English Syntax in Twitter

ACL ID E14-3004
Title Now We Stronger than Ever: African-American English Syntax in Twitter
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2014
Authors

African American English (AAE) is a well-established dialect that exhibits a dis- tinctive syntax, including constructions like habitual be. Using data mined from the social media service Twitter, the pro- posed senior thesis project intends to study the demographic distribution of a sub- set of AAE syntactic constructions. This study expands on previous sociolinguistic Twitter work (Eisenstein et al., 2011) by adding part-of-speech tags to the data, thus enabling detection of short-range syntac- tic features. Through an analysis of eth- nic and gender data associated with AAE tweets, this project will provide a more ac- curate description of the dialect?s speakers and distribution.