What is our aim?

A team of linguists, information scientists and political scientists embarks on the question when political negotiations are successful and why they are successful. In particular, we want to develop automatic tools that analyse political discourse, allowing to draw conclusions on its effectiveness.

What is our motivation?

Public mega-projects repeatedly create conflicts between governments and the public sphere and their realization has become a incalculable risk for political decision makers. Therefore we want to investigate the factors that make political communication successful.

How do we proceed?

This complex task can only be tackled using an innovative combination of methods from different areas of research. These methods include

  • a deep and detailed linguistic processing of real mediation processes to generate an abstract representation of communication
  • a shallow, statistical analysis of text to detect common patterns in negotiations
  • the development and employment of visualization tools which identify patterns of communication at-a-glance

How are we embedded in the German research landscape?

Our project is situated in the eHumanities initiative which is financed by the German Ministry of Education and Research and promotes the collaboration of projects from Arts and Information Science. At the same time we are part of the CLARIN-D network and contribute the insights and resources of our project to increase the availability of speech and language technologies for the German language.