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

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2017
<mark>Journal</mark>International Journal of Corpus Linguistics
Issue number3
Number of pages26
Pages (from-to)319-344
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date23/11/17
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This paper introduces the Spoken British National Corpus 2014, an 11-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.