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The Diachronic Electronic Corpus of Tyneside English. What we have: The Newcastle Electronic Corpus of Tyneside English (NECTE: http://research.ncl.ac.uk/necte/ ) NECTE is an AHRC-funded corpus of dialect speech from Tyneside.

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the diachronic electronic corpus of tyneside english

The Diachronic Electronic Corpus of Tyneside English

What we have: The Newcastle Electronic Corpus of Tyneside English (NECTE: http://research.ncl.ac.uk/necte/)

NECTE is an AHRC-funded corpus of dialect speech from Tyneside.

It is based on two existing corpora, one from the 1960s and the other from 1994.

It amalgamates the legacy corpora into a single TEI-conformant XML-encoded corpus and makes them available in a variety of formats: digitized audio, standard orthographic transcription, phonetic transcription, and part-of-speech tagged, all time-aligned.

2. What we’re developing: The Diachronic Electronic Corpus of Tyneside English (DECTE: http://research.ncl.ac.uk/decte/)

DECTE, also AHRC-funded, updates and extends NECTE.

It will incorporate about 100 additional interviews from 2007-current.

It also incorporates thematic mark-up and associated graphical material.

The aim is to make DECTE usable by the general public, the cultural industries, and by all levels of the education sector from primary to higher.

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The Diachronic Electronic Corpus of Tyneside English

3. What we would like

  • Not to have wasted our time, that is, to have NECTE / DECTE used and to remain usable for the foreseeable future.
  • For the language corpus community to converge on a set of formatting, archiving, and access standards, that is, to reverse the babble of Babel.
  • To develop a wider range of analytical tools usable by corpora which adhere to these standards.