Articles by Michael Kelly

The Rhythm of Names

April 10, 2021 | Michael Kelly

One of the fundamental properties of English prosody is a preference for alternations between strong and weak beats. This preference for rhythmic alternation is expressed in several ways: Stress patterns in polysyllabic words like “testimony” and “obligatory” – as well as nonce words like “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” – alternate between strong and weak beats. ... [Read more...]

Sentiment Analysis of Surnames

January 22, 2021 | Michael Kelly

Sentiment analysis is typically applied to connected text such as product reviews. However, it can also be extended to names, potentially delivering rich insights into psychology and culture. Globally and historically, names hold important familial, cultural, and religious significance. The foundation for much of this significance is a concept called ... [Read more...]

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