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Investigating speech, thought and writing presentation in a corpus of spoken British English. An AHRB funded project under the supervision of Mick Short, Elena Semino and Tony McEnery. Research Assistants John Heywood and Dan McIntyre. Project outline.

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Investigating speech thought and writing presentation in a corpus of spoken british english

Investigating speech, thought and writing presentation in a corpus of spoken British English

An AHRB funded project under the supervision of

Mick Short, Elena Semino and Tony McEnery

Research Assistants

John Heywood and Dan McIntyre


Project outline

Project outline

  • To compare speech, thought and writing presentation in spoken and written English.

  • To build a new corpus of 260,000 words of spoken British English to compare with the ST&WP Written English Corpus (1995-99).

  • To investigate the presentation of speech, thought and writing in the ST&WP Spoken Corpus by tagging with the Leech and Short (1981) category set.

  • To further test and adapt the Leech and Short (1981) model of S&TP.

  • The project is funded until February 2003.


Construction of the corpus

Construction of the corpus

  • 120 texts - approximately 260,000 words.

  • Texts rich in ST&WP taken from the British National Corpus (BNC) and the Centre for North West Regional Studies (CNWRS) oral history archives at Lancaster University.

  • CNWRS interview tapes digitised to be time-aligned with text.


Number and distribution of nwrs files in the corpus

Number and distribution of NWRS files in the corpus

NWRS Archive

Family and Social Life Archive Childhood and Schooling Archive

Male Female Male Female

1890-1940 1940-1970 1890-1940 1940-1970

7 records 7 records 8 records 8 records 15 records 15 records

i.e. 60 files with an equal balance of male and female speakers in each age-range


Number and distribution of bnc files in the corpus

Number and distribution of BNC files in the corpus

BNC spoken data

Spoken Demographic Spoken Context-

Governed

Male Female

0-14 15-24 25-34 35-44 45-59 60+ 0-14 15-24 25-34 35-44 45-59 60+

5 files 5 files 5 files 5 files 5 files 5 files 5 files 5 files 5 files 5 files 5 files 5 files

i.e. 60 files with an equal balance of male and female speakers in each age-range


The development of the tag set

The development of the tag-set

Leech & Short (1981)

The ST&WP Written Project (1995…)

3 main genres: Fiction, Biography & Autobiography, and Newspaper Journalism: each divided into Serious/Popular sections.

embedded, hypothetical, inferred, quote


The development of the tag set new tags

The development of the tag-set – new tags

The ST&WP Spoken Project (2001)

BNC spoken demographic data and NWRS oral history interviews

embedded, negative / absence,hypothetical, inferred, quote, reiterated, interrogative, imperative, uncompleted, 2 / 3 / 4


A 15 field tag set 5 main categories

A 15-field tag-set: 5 main categories


A 15 field tag set 10 category attributes

A 15-field tag-set: 10 category attributes


Issues arising

Issues arising

  • Technical issues:

    • Legibility.

    • Comparability between NWRS and BNC data.

  • Tagging issues:

    • Comparability between written and spoken corpora.

    • What counts as ST&WP?

    • Functional and formal criteria.

    • Embedding.

    • Repetition (e.g. he said he said well he said).

    • Report of ‘mention’.

    • Reading, hearing, listening and singing dogs!


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