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PLoS One. 2013 Oct 31;8(10):e77793. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0077793. eCollection 2013.

Spatio-temporal variation of conversational utterances on Twitter.

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  • 1National Institute of Physics, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines.

Abstract

Conversations reflect the existing norms of a language. Previously, we found that utterance lengths in English fictional conversations in books and movies have shortened over a period of 200 years. In this work, we show that this shortening occurs even for a brief period of 3 years (September 2009-December 2012) using 229 million utterances from Twitter. Furthermore, the subset of geographically-tagged tweets from the United States show an inverse proportion between utterance lengths and the state-level percentage of the Black population. We argue that shortening of utterances can be explained by the increasing usage of jargon including coined words.

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