Lexical and Discourse Analysis of Online Chat Dialog
Forsyth, Eric N.
Martell, Craig H.
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One of the ultimate goals of natural language processing (NLP) systems is understanding the meaning of what is being transmitted, irrespective of the medium (e.g., written versus spoken) or the form (e.g., static documents versus dynamic dialogues). Although much work has been done in traditional language domains such as speech and static written text, little has yet been done in the newer communication domains enabled by the Internet, e.g., online chat and instant messaging. This is in part due to the fact that there are no annotated chat corpora available to the broader research community. The purpose of this research is to build a chat corpus, tagged with lexical (token part-of-speech labels), syntactic (post parse tree), and discourse (post classification) information. Such a corpus can then be used to develop more complex, statistical-based NLP applications that perform tasks such as author profiling, entity identification, and social network analysis.