Unraveling Mean Length Utterances in Romantic Scenes: Action Versus Romance Films

Britney Lam, Iris Lin, Alice Wang, Julia Zhou

Romance is a common element across all genres of film. Whether it is an action movie, a comedy, adventure, or drama, romance is often included within the main plot. Films are created with a target audience, such as age or gender. Our research question emerged: how is romance portrayed differently in movies that are intended to cater to different audiences? Specifically, what linguistic differences can be observed between the romantic scenes? Through the analysis of 10 total films, we found that MLUs in action and romance movies did not significantly differ from each other, though MLU in dialogue succeeding romantic scenes are indeed longer in romance movies.

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