VOICE – English as a Lingua Franca

December 13, 2006

For those among the participants, who wonderd about the friendly people with the microphones attending the working sessions:

“The most wide-spread contemporary use of English throughout the world is that of English as a lingua franca (ELF), i.e. English used as a common means of communication between speakers from different first-language backgrounds.VOICE, the Vienna-Oxford International Corpus of English, is a structured collection of language data, the first computer-readable corpus capturing spoken ELF interactions of this kind.

As a first target, the corpus aims to record and transcribe for analysis 1 million words of spoken ELF from various professional, educational and informal settings.” (http://www.univie.ac.at/voice/voice.php?page=what_is_voice, 13.12.2006)

 For this purpose, anxious researchers from the University of Vienna are recording parts of the ICNYP 2006 to widen their sample of English spoken by not native speakers.

(The blog-team desperately hopes that the blog will not be part of their research.)

Additional information on VOICE: http://www.univie.ac.at/voice/index.php

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