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LINGUIST List 18.3033

Wed Oct 17 2007

FYI: MICASE -- Resources for Researchers/Teachers

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        1.    Ute Römer, MICASE -- Resources for Researchers/Teachers

Message 1: MICASE -- Resources for Researchers/Teachers
Date: 15-Oct-2007
From: Ute Römer <uroemerumich.edu>
Subject: MICASE -- Resources for Researchers/Teachers
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Dear All,

The Michigan Corpus of Academic Spoken English (MICASE) is a collection of
more than 1.7 million words of transcribed speech (almost 200 hours of
recordings) from the microcosm of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
MICASE contains data from a wide range of situations (152 different speech
events altogether) and a variety of locations across the university. MICASE
speech events include lectures, classroom discussions, lab sections,
seminars, advising sessions, and dissertation defenses.

The entire corpus is made freely available through a custom-designed online
search and browse interface at http://quod.lib.umich.edu/m/micase/. In
''browse'' mode, you can retrieve (and then read or download) transcript
files that match certain pre-selected criteria (e.g. retrieve all
Humanities & Arts seminars or all Biological Sciences events in which
non-native speakers are involved). The ''search'' function allows you to
search for words and phrases in the whole corpus or in a selected sub-set
of files that match certain criteria, and to create concordances that
include references to files, full utterances, and speakers. The search
interface also provides some descriptive statistics for each search term
(e.g. number of hits by gender and academic division) and allows users to
download query results in XML or tab-delimited format.

Users who prefer to use MICASE offline with a concordance program of their
choice (such as MonoConc Pro, WordSmith Tools, AntConc, ConcApp...), can
purchase the full set of 152 transcript files in XML format for a small fee
(50 USD for a single-user licence). An order form can be found at

ESL/EFL teachers, discourse analysts, and phonologists/phoneticians (among
others) may be happy to hear that we have also made available for purchase
on nine CD-ROMs a total of 61 of the original MICASE sound files
(approximately 85 hours of speech). Each CD contains between five and nine
speech events, nine to ten hours of recorded speech, and the XML versions
of the speech event transcripts. For further information please see
http://legacyweb.lsa.umich.edu/eli/micase/orderaudio.htm. A number of
MICASE sound files are also freely accessible online for listening at

And, finally, I should mention some of the resources (created by past and
present members of the MICASE team and by instructors at the University of
Michigan English Language Institute) that we have posted on the MICASE
project website (http://legacyweb.lsa.umich.edu/eli/micase/index.htm) and
that may be of interest for (especially EAP) teachers:
- The MICASE kibbitzers, each of which contains the discussion of a
particular language problem (e.g. the phrasal verb ''end up'') and its use
in academic speech (at http://legacyweb.lsa.umich.edu/eli/micase/kibbitzer.htm)
- MICASE-based EAP/ESL teaching materials, on topics such as Complaining,
Introducing a speaker, or Hedging (at
- MICASE-based self-study materials for ESL/EAP students (at

If you have any questions on these resources or on using MICASE, please
email me or contact the MICASE team at micaseumich.edu. We would love to
hear what you think about the MICASE online search interface and
MICASE-based resources -- and, also, if you have done any research using
the corpus!

Thanks and Best wishes,
Ute (and the MICASE team)


Dr. Ute Römer
Director of the Applied Corpus Linguistics Unit English Language Institute
University of Michigan
Email: uroemerumich.edu
Phone: +1 734 763 7133
Fax: +1 734 763 0369
MICASE: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/eli/micase/index.htm
MICUSP: http://www.micusp.org
Generation 1.5: http://www.micusp.org/1.5

Surface mail address:
Dr. Ute Römer
University of Michigan
English Language Institute
500 E. Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2028

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Text/Corpus Linguistics

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