Exploring the dynamic changes of key concepts of the Hungarian socialist era with natural language processing methods

Szabó, Martina Katalin and Ring, Orsolya and Nagy, Balázs and Kiss, László and Koltai, Júlia Anna and Berend, Gábor and Vidács, László and Gulyás, Attila Elemér and Kmetty, Zoltán (2021) Exploring the dynamic changes of key concepts of the Hungarian socialist era with natural language processing methods. HISTORICAL METHODS, 54 (1). pp. 1-13. ISSN 0161-5440

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The analysis of social discourses from the perspective of historical changes deserves special attention. Such a study could play a key role in revealing social changes and latent narrative of those in power; and understanding the underlying social dynamic in a given period. Until the recent years, such issues were analyzed mainly in a qualitative approach. In our paper we present a new way of revealing/discovering and interpreting social discourses using an advanced NLP method called word embedding. Based on word similarities we can understand the main structural frames of a given system and using a dynamic approach we can reveal the social changes in a historical period. In our study we created a large corpus from the Hungarian “Pártélet” journal (1956–89). This was the official journal of the governing party, hence it represents not just a media discourse of the era, but the official discourse of the government, too. One of the main focal points of our research is to study the evolution of the semantic content of some of the concepts related to the topics of agriculture and industry, which are two central notions of the examined era.

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Additional Information: Funding Agency and Grant Number: Hungarian Research Fund (NKFIH/OTKA)Orszagos Tudomanyos Kutatasi Alapprogramok (OTKA) [FK 131826] Funding text: This work was supported by the Hungarian Research Fund (NKFIH/OTKA, grant number FK 131826).
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hungary; Socialism; natural language processing; Text mining; historical analysis;
Subjects: P Language and Literature / nyelvészet és irodalom > P0 Philology. Linguistics / filológia, nyelvészet
Depositing User: MTMT SWORD
Date Deposited: 31 Dec 2021 11:58
Last Modified: 31 Dec 2021 11:58

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