Personality expression in Chinese language use

Lin Qiu, Jiahui Lu, Jonathan Ramsay, Shanshan Yang, Weina Qu, Tingshao Zhu
Published Online:
11 Feb 2016
Volume/Issue No:
Volume 52 Issue 6

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To date, little research has investigated personality expressions in languages other than English. Given that the Chinese language has the largest number of native speakers in the world, it is vitally important to examine the associations between personality and Chinese language use. In this research, we analysed Chinese microblogs and identified word categories and factorial structures associated with personality traits. We also compared our results with previous findings in English and showed that linguistic expression of personality has both universal‐ and language‐specific aspects. Expression of personality via content words is more likely to be consistent across languages than expression via function words. This makes an important step towards uncovering universal patterns of personality expression in language.

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