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LINGUIST List 21.2384

Fri May 28 2010

FYI: New Corpus of L2 Spanish Available

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        1.    Laura Dominguez, New Corpus of L2 Spanish Available

Message 1: New Corpus of L2 Spanish Available
Date: 26-May-2010
From: Laura Dominguez <ldosoton.ac.uk>
Subject: New Corpus of L2 Spanish Available
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We are happy to report the completion of a new corpus of oral Spanish as
second language. This new data set (300 soundfiles and 128,178 words) is
part of the existing Spanish Learner Language Oral Corpora (SPLLOC) project
(www.splloc.soton.ac.uk) and was collected by researchers in Southampton,
Newcastle and Greenwich (UK) to investigate the emergence and development of
Spanish past tense forms by native speakers of English.

The second-language oral Spanish data have been collected from classroom
learners in schools and universities in England using four specially
designed tasks to explore learners' developing ability to describe past
events: one free narrative, one controlled narrative, one picture
description task to elicit progressive events, and one guided interview.
The participants are 60 English speakers learning Spanish at each of 3
levels: beginners (aged 14-15), intermediate (aged 17-18), and advanced
students (fourth year undergraduates aged 20-21 majoring in Spanish).
Fifteen native speakers were also recorded undertaking the same tasks.

The sound files generated were transcribed using CHILDES software
(http://childes.psy.cmu.edu) and morpho-syntactically analysed using the
Spanish MOR and POST programs. All 300 digital soundfiles, CHAT
transcriptions, part-of-speech tagged files, and XML versions of the CHAT
transcripts are now freely available in anonymised form through the project
website (www.splloc.soton.ac.uk) and Talkbank (www.talkbank.org) for use in
research and teaching.

Please visit http://www.splloc.soton.ac.uk for further details.

The SPLLOC project is funded by two ESRC research grant awards
(RES-000-23-1609 and RES-062-23-1075).

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Language Acquisition
Language Documentation
Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)
Spanish (spa)
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