Corpus resources for dispute mediation discourse

Mathilde Janier, Chris Reed

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Dispute mediation is a growing activity in the resolution of conflicts, and more and more research emerge to enhance and better understand this (until recently) understudied practice. Corpus analyses are necessary to study discourse in this context; yet, little data is available, mainly because of its confidentiality principle. After proposing hints and avenues to acquire transcripts of mediation sessions, this paper presents the Dispute Mediation Corpus, which gathers annotated excerpts of mediation dialogues. Although developed as part of a project on argumentation, it is freely available and the text data can be used by anyone. This first-ever open corpus of mediation interactions can be of interest to scholars studying discourse, but also conflict resolution, argumentation, linguistics, communication, etc. We advocate for using and extending this resource that may be valuable to a large variety of domains of research, particularly those striving to enhance the study of the rapidly growing activity of dispute mediation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLREC 2016
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings for the Tenth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation
EditorsNicoletta Calzolari, Khalid Choukri, Thierry Declerck, Sara Goggi, Marko Grobelnik, Bente Maegaard, Joseph Mariani, Helene Mazo, Asuncion Moreno, Jan Odijk, Stelios Piperidis
Place of PublicationSlovenia
PublisherEuropean Language Resources Association
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9782951740891
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventTenth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation - Portoroz, Slovenia
Duration: 23 May 201628 May 2016


ConferenceTenth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation
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  • discourse
  • dispute mediation
  • open corpus


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