How Do the Members of a Parliament Negotiate? Analysing Verbatim Records

Mare Koit, Haldur Õim, Tiit Roosmaa

Abstract

Negotiation is a strategic discussion that resolves an issue in a way that both parties find acceptable. Specific forms of negotiation are used in many situations, among them in parliamentary discussions. In this paper we report on a pilot study on verbatim records of sittings held in the Estonian Parliament. The structure of the discussions will be represented by using the dialogue acts of a custom-made typology. It will be compared with the structure of negotiation in everyday life. Our further aim is to create means for automatically recognizing the structure and analysing the contents of parliamentary negotiations and political arguments. To our knowledge, this is the first attempt to model Estonian political discussions.

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