Bryor Snefjella

Bryor Snefjella
University of California, Los Angeles | UCLA · Department of Psychology

PhD

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Introduction
I am a postdoc at UCLA working with Dr. Idan Blank, with interests in corpus linguistics, quantitative linguistics, psychology, and psycholinguistics. I use corpora – including representative academic copora, social media, and other sources, to examine how the sensorimotor and affective connotations of words affect language processing, and reflect how we mentally represent people, events, and places.

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For close to 70 years psychologists have studied word meaning using a simple method: participants rate words on some theoretically motivated property (e.g. pleasantness, familiarity) using a Likert scale as the measurement instrument. Such semantic judgments serve as a means of interrogating the underlying structure of lexical semantic constructs,...
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The present paper addresses two under-studied dimensions of novel word learning. We ask (a) whether originally meaningless novel words can acquire emotional connotations from their linguistic contexts, and (b) whether these acquired connotations can affect the quality of orthographic and semantic word learning and its retention over time. In five e...
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National character stereotypes, or beliefs about the personality characteristics of the members of a nation, present a paradox. Such stereotypes have been argued to not be grounded in the actual personality traits of members of nations, yet they are also prolific and reliable. Stereotypes of Canadians and Americans exemplify the paradox; people in...
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Addtional analyses of nationally diagnostic language based on lexica of words associated with personality traits. (PDF)
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The most Canadian and American words. (ZIP)
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Additioinal analyses within a western subregion of Canada and the US. (PDF)
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Additional analysis within an eastern subregion of Canada and the US. (PDF)
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Additional details about the LORIDP statistic. (PDF)
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This paper investigates the historical (1850s–2000s) evolution of semantics in the English language using contemporaneous, decade-specific computational estimates of word concreteness. Study 1 describes the computational method of generating time-locked estimates of concreteness based on the Corpus of Historic American English, and makes available...
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This paper uses a computational approach to estimate the concreteness of words. After examining its reliability and validity, we apply this approach to study a claim within Psychology, namely, that reading a literary fiction story improves the ability to attribute mental states to others.
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This paper uses a computational approach to esti- mate the concreteness of words. After examining its reliability and validity, we apply this approach to study a claim within Psychology, namely, that reading a literary fiction story improves the ability to attribute mental states to others.
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What are national character stereotypes grounded in? Linguistic behaviours between nations might provide an answer. Using tweets from Canada and the US, we extract words that are diagnostic of each nation, and examine their associations with personality and emotion. Distinctively Canadian words are more positive, agreeable, conscientious, and less...
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Prior research has examined how distributional properties of contexts (number of unique contexts or their informativeness) influence the effort of word recognition. These properties do not directly interrogate the semantic properties of contexts. We evaluated the influence of average concreteness, valence (positivity) and arousal of the contexts in...
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Prior research has examined how distributional properties of contexts (number of unique contexts or their informativeness) influence the effort of word recognition. These properties do not directly interrogate the semantic properties of contexts. We evaluated the influence of average concreteness, valence (positivity) and arousal of the contexts in...
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This study investigates the influence of the national border on geo-linguistic variation. Using computational linguistics tools (Szmrecsanyi, 2014; Wieling et al., 2011), the research goal was to examine the correspondence between dialectal lexical preferences and national boundary location. We analyzed millions of geo-tagged Twitter posts of speak...
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Existing evidence shows that more abstract mental representations are formed and more abstract language is used to characterize phenomena that are more distant from the self. Yet the precise form of the functional relationship between distance and linguistic abstractness is unknown. In four studies, we tested whether more abstract language is used...

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