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FYI: IPA Eye Chart, Software/Tagged American Corpus

Author: Michael Bernstein

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Michael Bernstein
Cascadilla Press

Athelstan has released the Corpus of Spoken Professional American English
(CSPAE), a 2-million word tagged corpus. (For comparison the Brown Corpus and
LOB Corpus, popular corpora from the sixties, each contain around 1 million

The corpus, based on transcripts of conversations of various types occurring
between 1994 and 1998, consists primarily of short interchanges by
approximately 400 speakers that are centered on professional activities
broadly tied to academics and politics, including academic politics. The
corpus, which has been constructed from a selection of existing transcripts of
interactions in professional settings, contains two main sub-corpora of a
million words each. One sub-corpus consists mainly of academic discussions
such as faculty council meetings and committee meetings related to testing.
The second sub-corpus is constructed from transcripts of White House press
conferences, which are almost exclusively question-and-answer sessions.

These transcripts have been chosen because they appear to be relatively
unedited and thus include hesitations, false starts, and so on. CSPAE can be
used to carry research on lexical and grammatical aspects of spoken discourse
such as the use of utterance-initial "well". However, since these
transcriptions were not produced with the needs of discourse analysts in mind,
they are not suitable for close discourse analysis. There are no indications
of pause length or of back channel information.

The tagging of the corpus was performed by Tony McEnery and Paul Baker using
the CLAWS program at UCREL, Lancaster University. The CLAWS 7 tags in this
corpus are similar to those used in the tagging of the British National

The complexity of this tagged corpus can be handled by using the Tag Search
and Suppress Tag features of the concordance program MonoConc Pro 2.0. The
concordancer and the tagged corpus can be purchased together (as Concordance
Pack II) for $149.

The educational price of CSPAE for a single user is $79. Tagged and untagged
files are included. The untagged version is available for $49.
See http://www.text-search.com for commercial pricing.

Michael Barlow

mailto: barlow@athel.com

Website: http://www.athel.com
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