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Title: Tool-assisted analysis of interactional corpora: voilà in the CLAPI database
Author: Michel Bert
Institution: ICAR - CNRS
Author: Sylvie Bruxelles
Institution: ICAR - CNRS
Author: Carole Etienne
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Author: Lorenza M. Mondada
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Institution: Universität Freiburg
Author: Véronique Traverso
Institution: ICAR - CNRS
Linguistic Field: Discipline of Linguistics; General Linguistics
Abstract: The aim of this paper is to show how databases and computer tools can be used for archiving and browsing corpora of social interactions. The development of specific search engines allows for both qualitative analysis of naturally occurring interactions and for quantitative explorations of larger corpora. The paper is based on the CLAPI Workbench (http://clapi.univ-lyon2.fr), an interfaced ensemble of analytic tools which operates on a consistent body of corpora to facilitate their description and theoretical reconstruction. The analytical part of the paper focuses on the uses of a discourse particle in French interaction: voilà.

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