We introduce the German adaptation of the Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC), a computer-aided dictionary-based text analysis program. The LIWC was developed by Pennebaker and colleagues (2001) to analyze essays in the context of expressive writing experiments. Two studies on the performance of the German LIWC are reported: (1) The equivalence of the original LIWC version and the German dictionary is investigated in a sample of N = 122 bilingual text units. (2) In a sample of N = 104 E-Mails, the robustness of the LIWC categories with respect to typing errors is analyzed. The results show that most of the LIWC categories display high equivalence to their English counterparts. Furthermore, the LIWC is found to be reliable with regard to the typing quality of E-Mails. The findings indicate the usefulness of the LIWC for analyzing German texts. The reliability of the LIWC highlights its usefulness particularly for the analysis of natural language from computer-mediated communication.
- Computer mediated communication
- Computer-aided text analysis
- Linguistic Inquiry and word count
- Multimethod assessment
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Psychology