Must children be vaccinated or not? Annotating modal verbs in the vaccination debate

Liza King, Roser Morante

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Abstract

The study of modal verbs in the growing vaccination debate reveals important insights into perspectives on vaccination: must children be vaccinated or are parents allowed not to vaccinate? How strong are the recommendations by pro- and anti-vaccination supporters? We present experimental work on annotation of modal verbs and their senses in texts related to the vaccination debate, as well as the resulting corpus. The results from our pilot study suggest that the most frequent type of modality was epistemic - indicating that participants in the debate appear to be more concerned with the safety and efficacy of vaccines than with moral arguments. Those against vaccination appear to be more committed or convinced of their views than those in favor, as evidenced by the use of the modal must.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLREC 2020
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 12th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation
EditorsNicoletta Calzolari, Frederic Bechet, Philippe Blache, Khalid Choukri, Christopher Cieri, Thierry Declerck, Sara Goggi, Hitoshi Isahara, Bente Maegaard, Joseph Mariani, Helene Mazo, Asuncion Moreno, Jan Odijk, Stelios Piperidis
Place of PublicationMarseille, France
PublisherEuropean Language Resources Association (ELRA)
Pages5730-5738
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9791095546344
Publication statusPublished - May 2020
Event12th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2020 - Marseille, France
Duration: 11 May 202016 May 2020

Conference

Conference12th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2020
CountryFrance
CityMarseille
Period11/05/2016/05/20

Keywords

  • Annotation
  • Modality
  • Vaccination debate

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