A study of the impact of persuasive argumentation in political debates

Cano-Basave, Amparo Elizabeth and He, Yulan (2016). A study of the impact of persuasive argumentation in political debates. IN: Proceedings of the 2016 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics. Stroudsburg, PA (US): Association for Computational Linguistics.

Abstract

Persuasive communication is the process of shaping, reinforcing and changing others' responses. In political debates, speakers express their views towards the debated topics by choosing both the content of their discourse and the argumentation process. In this work we study the use of semantic frames for modelling argumentation in speakers' discourse. We investigate the impact of a speaker's argumentation style and their effect in influencing an audience in supporting their candidature. We model the influence index of each candidate based on their relative standings in the polls released prior to the debate and present a system which ranks speakers in terms of their relative influence using a combination of content and persuasive argumentation features. Our results show that although content alone is predictive of a speaker's influence rank, persuasive argumentation also affects such indices.

Divisions: Aston Business School
Engineering & Applied Sciences > Computer science
Engineering & Applied Sciences > Systems analytics research institute (SARI)
Engineering & Applied Sciences > Computer science research group
Additional Information: © 2016 Association for Computational Linguistics
Event Title: 15th Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies
Event Type: Other
Event Dates: 2016-06-12 - 2016-06-17
Uncontrolled Keywords: Computer Science Applications,Linguistics and Language,Language and Linguistics
Full Text Link: http://www.aclw ... hology/N16-1166
Related URLs: http://www.scop ... tnerID=8YFLogxK (Scopus URL)
Published Date: 2016-07-17
Authors: Cano-Basave, Amparo Elizabeth
He, Yulan ( 0000-0003-3948-5845)

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