Positions of Parties and Political Cleavages between Parties in Texts
If humans are political animals, and language is their most versatile communication tool, then the old question about what should be extracted from political texts to understand politics deserves on-going attention. Recent advances in the information and communication sciences have resulted in new means to process political texts, especially advances in the domains of knowledge representation, natural language parsing, automated content analysis and semantic web technologies. However, applying these innovations to uncover what matters in politics is far from trivial. The aim of this chapter is to give an introduction to an analysis of political texts aimed at inferring their political meaning.