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The Expression of Emotions in 20th Century Books
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Centre for the Study of Cultural Evolution. University of Bristol, United Kingdom.
2013 (English)In: PLoS ONE, ISSN 1932-6203, E-ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 8, no 3, e59030Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We report here trends in the usage of mood words, that is, words carrying emotional content, in 20th century English language books, using the data set provided by Google that includes word frequencies in roughly 4% of all books published up to the year 2008. We find evidence for distinct historical periods of positive and negative moods, underlain by a general decrease in the use of emotion-related words through time. Finally, we show that, in books, American English has become decidedly more emotional than British English in the last half-century, as a part of a more general increase of the stylistic divergence between the two variants of English language.

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2013. Vol. 8, no 3, e59030
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-90194DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0059030ISI: 000317562600052OAI: diva2:623808
EU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme, 287863Swedish Research Council


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