The manuscript entitled “Towards Sentiment Analysis for Historical Texts” by Rachele Sprugnoli, Sara Tonelli, Alessandro Marchetti e Giovanni Moretti has been accepted for publication in the DSH: Digital Scholarship in the Humanities journal and is now online.

Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, formerly known as LLC: Literary and Linguistic Computing, is the international and peer reviewed journal of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) published by the Oxford University Press.

Paper abstract:

This paper presents the integration of Sentiment Analysis in ALCIDE, an online platform for historical content analysis. A prior polarity approach has been applied to a corpus of Italian historical texts and a new lexical resource has been developed with a semi-automatic mapping starting from two English lexica. This paper also reports on a first experiment on contextual polarity using both expert annotators and crowdsourced contributors. The long-term goal of our research is to create a system to support historical studies, which is able to analyse the sentiment in historical texts and to discover the opinion about a topic and its change over time.