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The Impact of Linguistic Complexity on the Support of Petitions Published on the RPI Portal

Student: Valentina Kutuzova

Supervisor: Alexander Porshnev

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities (Nizhny Novgorod)

Educational Programme: Fundamental and Applied Linguistics (Bachelor)

Year of Graduation: 2019

In recent decades, the problem of linguistic complexity has been the focus of domestic and foreign linguistics. Currently there is not a holistic approach of the assessment of the language complexity. The purpose of the issue is to correlate the linguistic complexity and the support of petitions on the RSI portal. The empirical material is presented by a corpus of texts of 9814 electronic petitions published on the portal of the Russian social initiative. The main practical methods are computer methods by GATE program and the method of linear regression. As a result of the study, it was found that the complexity of the text significantly affects only the number of negative votes cast for petition, so an increase of Ganning complexity by 1 leads to a decrease of the logarithm of the number of votes cast against petitions by 0.01.

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