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From broadcast archive to language corpus: Designing and investigating a sociohistorical corpus from Desert Island Discs

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posted on 14.02.2018, 12:23 by Nicholas Smith, Cathleen Waters
The aims of this paper are twofold: i) to present the motivation and design of a sociohistorical corpus derived from the popular BBC Radio show, Desert Island Discs (DID); and ii) to illustrate the potential of the DID corpus (DIDC) with a case study. In an era of ever-increasing digital resources and scholarly interest in recent language change, there remains an enormous disparity between available written and spoken corpora. We describe how a corpus derived from DID contributes to redressing the balance. Treating DID as an example of a specialized register, namely, a ‘biographical chat show’, we review its attendant situational characteristics, and explain the affordances and design features of a sociolinguistic corpus sampling of the show. Finally, to illustrate the potential of DIDC for linguistic exploration of recent change, we conduct a case study on two pronouns with generic, impersonal reference, namely you and one.

Funding

In developing the DIDC, we thank the University of Leicester for periods of study leave, as well as the transcribers, especially Sarah Creer, Rebecca Hings, Naomi Obeng and Adam Percival. For discussion of the corpus design, we thank Doug Biber, David Denison, Gregory Garretson, Terttu Nevalainen, Emma Smith, Amy Wang, and audiences in Uppsala, Leicester and Hong Kong. Sebastian Hoffmann kindly filtered the corpus word counts for quotation/non-quotation.

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ICAME Journal, 2018, 42 (1), pp. 167–190

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/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/School of Education

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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ICAME Journal

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De Gruyter

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1502-5462

Acceptance date

08/01/2018

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2018

Available date

23/05/2018

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https://content.sciendo.com/view/journals/icame/42/1/article-p167.xml

Notes

Data related to this article is available at http://hdl.handle.net/2381/41039 - Guest speaker classifications for a corpus linguistic study of Desert Island Discs, by Smith and Waters (2018)

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