CASE – the Corpus of Academic Spoken English

What is CASE?

The CASE project has the aim of creating a corpus of spoken English in an international context, using Skype as a medium. Teams of researchers from Germany, Bulgaria, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Finland, France and Belgium have collected Skype conversations of L2 English speakers to create a corpus available for linguistic research. Of particular interest to us are pragmatic features and discourse analysis, cultural and intercultural influences on language, influence of the communication medium and L1, lexis, word formation and accent, among other features. We are also collecting Skype conversations between German and Spanish L2 speakers and British and American L1 speakers for reference. 

The language documented in CASE is often called English as a Lingua Franca (ELF). While several corpora of ELF are currently in existence or being compiled, CASE focuses on an informal, spoken, academically motivated setting via Skype. Informal in this context means that conversations do not take place in a controlled lab environment, while the academic motivation is provided by the participants (university students) as well as context and topics.

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Recommended citation

When citing CASE in publications, please use the following citations:

Long citation:

CASE. Forthcoming. Corpus of Academic Spoken English. Stefan Diemer; Marie-Louise Brunner; Caroline Collet; and Selina Schmidt. Birkenfeld: Trier University of Applied Sciences (coordination) / Saarbrücken: Saarland University / Sofia: St Kliment Ohridski University / Forlì: University of Bologna-Forlì / Santiago: University of Santiago de Compostela / Helsinki: Helsinki University & Hanken School of Economics / Birmingham: Birmingham City University / Växjö: Linnaeus University / Lyon: Université Lumière Lyon 2 / Louvain-la-Neuve: Université catholique de Louvain. [http://umwelt-campus.de/case] (date of last access).

Short citation:

CASE. Forthcoming. Corpus of Academic Spoken English. Birkenfeld: Trier University of Applied Sciences & Saarbrücken: Saarland University. [http://umwelt-campus.de/case] (date of last access).

Single transcript citation:

05HE18FL52. CASE. Forthcoming. Corpus of Academic Spoken English. Birkenfeld: Trier University of Applied Sciences & Saarbrücken: Saarland University. [http://umwelt-campus.de/case] (date of last access).

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