AAAI Publications, Twenty-Fifth International FLAIRS Conference

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A Comparative Study on English and Chinese Word Uses with LIWC
Haiying Li, Zhiqiang Cai, Arthur C. Graesser, Ying Duan

Last modified: 2012-05-16


This paper compared the linguistic and psychological word uses in English and Chinese languages with LIWC (Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count) programs. A Principal Component Analysis uncovered six linguistic and psychological components, among which five components were significantly correlated. The correlated components were ranked as Negative Valence (r=.92), Embodiment (r=.88), Narrative (r=.68), Achievement (r=.65), and Social Relation (r=.64). However, the results showed the order of the representative features differs in two languages and certain word categories co-occurred with different components in English and Chinese. The differences were interpreted from the perspective of distinctive eastern and western cultures.


LIWC; linguistics; psychological feature; culture

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