The Cardiff School of Social Sciences present:
Speaker: Professor Roberto Franzosi (Emory University): Quantitative Narrative Analysis (QNA)
Thursday 3rd May 2012

The talk will illustrate Quantitative Narrative Analysis (QNA), a methodological approach to texts that allows researchers to structure the information contained in narrative texts in ways that make possible a statistical analysis of the information. The approach exploits the invariant linguistic structural properties of narrative (namely, the chronological sequential order of narrative clauses and their simple linguistic structure SVO, or Subject-Verb-Object. In narrative, Subjects are typically social actors, Verbs are social actions, and Objects are either social actors or physical objects. Each SVO element can also have attributes (e.g., time and space of action). The SVO and their attributes provide an invariant structure of narrative also known as “story grammar” (basically, the 5 W’s and H of journalism: Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How). The talk will highlight the power of QNA using data from two datasets: on the rise of Italian fascism (1919-1922) (50,000 newspaper articles for some 200,000 clauses) and on lynchings in Georgia (1875-1930) (1,300 articles coded for some 8,000 clauses).

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