The Spoken BNC2014:Designing and building a spoken corpus of everyday conversations

Abstract

This paper introduces the Spoken British National Corpus 2014, an 11.5-million-word corpus of orthographically transcribed conversations among L1 speakers of British English from across the UK, recorded in the years 2012–2016. After showing that a survey of the recent history of corpora of spoken British English justifies the compilation of this new corpus, we describe the main stages of the Spoken BNC2014’s creation: design, data and metadata collection, transcription, XML encoding, and annotation. In doing so we aim to (i) encourage users of the corpus to approach the data with sensitivity to the many methodological issues we identified and attempted to overcome while compiling the Spoken BNC2014, and (ii) inform (future) compilers of spoken corpora of the innovations we implemented to attempt to make the construction of corpora representing spontaneous speech in informal contexts more tractable, both logistically and practically, than in the past.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1075/ijcl.22.3.02lov
Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities
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College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Centre for Language Research at Aston (CLaRA)
Additional Information: © John Benjamins Publishing Company This is an open access article under a OA CC BY license
Publication ISSN: 1569-9811
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2024 07:15
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2020 16:02
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Published Date: 2017-12-31
Accepted Date: 2017-01-01
Authors: Love, Robbie (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-7212-1165)
Dembry, Claire
Hardie, Andrew
Brezina, Vaclav
McEnery, Tony

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