Narrative Language as an Expression of Individual and Group Identity

László, János and Csertő, István and Fülöp, Éva and Ferenczhalmy, Réka and Hargitai, Rita and Lendvai, Piroska and Péley, Bernadette and Pólya, Tibor and Szalai, Katalin and Vincze, Orsolya and Ehmann, Bea (2013) Narrative Language as an Expression of Individual and Group Identity. SAGE OPEN, 3 (2). pp. 1-12. ISSN ISSN: 2158-2440, ESSN: 2158-2440


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Scientific Narrative Psychology integrates quantitative methodologies into the study of identity. Its methodology, Narrative Categorical Analysis, and its toolkit, NarrCat, were both originally developed by the Hungarian Narrative Psychology Group. NarrCat is for machine-made transformation of sentences in self-narratives into psychologically relevant, statistically processable narrative categories. The main body of this flexible and comprehensive system is formed by Psycho-Thematic modules, such as Agency, Evaluation, Emotion, Cognition, Spatiality, and Temporality. The Relational Modules include Social References, Semantic Role Labeling (SRL), and Negation. Certain elements can be combined into Hypermodules, such as Psychological Perspective and Spatio-Temporal Perspective, which allow for even more complex, higher level exploration of composite psychological processes. Using up-to-date developments of corpus linguistics and Natural Language Processing (NLP), a unique feature of NarrCat is its capacity of SRL. The structure of NarrCat, as well as the empirical results in group identity research, is discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: natural language processing; NarrCat; narrative psychology; Identity studies
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion / filozófia, pszichológia, vallás > BF Psychology / lélektan
Depositing User: MTMT SWORD
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2014 10:15
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2014 00:15

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