An analysis of linguistic styles by inferred age in TV dramas

Chang H. Lee, Jongmin Park, Young Seok Seo

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A language analysis program, Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC), was successful in identifying various psychological variables. This study investigated the relationship between spoken language and age inferred from drama scripts of 162 characters, analyzed by the Korean-LIWC across 4 age categories (10-19, 20-39, 40-59, and 60-79 years). Analysis indicated that younger characters use fewer phrases, morphemes, nouns, auxiliary words, and adverbs than older characters, suggesting less cognitive development of younger characters. In addition, younger characters used less positive words for emotion and achievement than older characters. These data appear contrary to the negative stereotypes of aging people.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)351-356
Number of pages6
JournalPsychological Reports
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Oct

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychology(all)


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