Linguistics Department

Talk - Jacob Eisenstein (Georgia Tech) - Social Meanings in Social Media

Wed, May 9, 2012 | PAR 101

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Social interaction is increasingly conducted through online
platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, leaving a recorded trace of
millions of individual interactions. While some have focused on the
supposed deficiencies of social media with respect to more traditional
communication channels, language in social media features the same
rich connections with personal and group identity, style, and social
context. However, social media's unique set of linguistic affordances
causes social meanings to be expressed in new and perhaps surprising
ways. This talk will describe research that builds on large-scale
social media corpora using analytic tools from statistical machine
learning. I will focus on some of the ways in which social media data
allow us to go beyond traditional sociolinguistic methods, but I will
also discuss lessons from the sociolinguistics literature for the new
generation of "big data" research.

This research includes collaborations with David Bamman, Brendan
O'Connor, Tyler Schnoebelen, Noah A. Smith, and Eric P. Xing.

Speaker Bio:
Jacob Eisenstein is an Assistant Professor in the School of
Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech. He works on statistical natural
language processing, focusing on social media analysis, discourse, and
non-verbal communication. Jacob was a Postdoctoral researcher at
Carnegie Mellon and the University of Illinois. He completed his
Ph.D. at MIT in 2008, winning the George M. Sprowls dissertation

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