V.O.I.C.E.: A computer corpus of English as a lingua franca

27 May

The most wide-spread contemporary use of English throughout the world is that of English as a lingua franca (ELF), i.e. English used as a common means of communication between speakers from different first-language backgrounds. A Hungarian educationalist coming to Copenhagen to discuss qualification equivalences in European higher education with her Danish, Finnish and Portuguese colleagues; a Korean sales representative negotiating a contract with his German client in Luxembourg; a Spanish Erasmus student chatting with local colleagues in a student hall in Vienna: they all communicate in English as a lingua franca.

VOICE, the Vienna-Oxford International Corpus of English, is a structured collection of language data, the first computer-readable corpus capturing spoken ELF interactions of this kind.

VOICE 1.0 Online is now available as a free-of-charge resource for non-commercial research purposes.


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Posted by on May 27, 2009 in CogSci, Linguistics


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