Assessing Natural Language: Measuring Emotion-Words within a Sentence or Without a Sentence?

Nicolay Gausel, Gunnar Salthe

Abstract


Recently, researchers in the quantitative, questionnaire tradition have been increasingly interested in the impact of emotion language and the measurement of this. Some of these researchers measure emotion-words within a meaning-giving sentence, others measure them in isolation. Based on semantic theory, we argue that emotion-words presented in isolation should mean less to a participant than emotion-words combined with other words forming a sentence as in natural language. Reflecting this, we demonstrated in our study that emotion-words are rated with great intensity when an emotion-word is placed within a sentence than when presented in isolation. As a result, we suggest that questionnaire research is better off measuring emotion-words within a meaning-giving sentence.


Full Text: PDF DOI: 10.5539/res.v6n1p127

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Review of European Studies   ISSN 1918-7173 (Print)   ISSN 1918-7181 (Online)

Copyright © Canadian Center of Science and Education 

To make sure that you can receive messages from us, please add the 'ccsenet.org' domain to your e-mail 'safe list'. If you do not receive e-mail in your 'inbox', check your 'bulk mail' or 'junk mail' folders.