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.
This paper presents the integration of Sentiment Analysis in ALCIDE, an online platform for historical content analysis.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.