British Academic Spoken English (BASE) – a fantastic resource

Check out this interesting resource for all humanities students and academics, including tools, uploads and lectures.

The project enhances the British Academic Spoken English (BASE) corpus, which functions as a companion to the Michigan Corpus of Spoken Academic English (MICASE), a record of North American academic speech. The corpus enables, amongst other things, the investigation of: (i) the frequency and range of academic lexis; (ii) the meaning and use of individual words and multi-word units; (iii) the information structure and thematic structure of academic lectures; (iv) the pace, density and delivery styles of academic lectures; (v) patterns of interaction, including turn-taking and topic selection in seminars; (vi) the representation of ideas and the expression of attitudes; (vii) variation between British and American academic speech. BASE will remain a record of British spoken academic discourse at the turn of the century, and may also be compared with corpora compiled in the future to investigate diachronic change in academic language use.

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