London-Lund Corpus 2

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London-Lund Corpus 2

A corpus of spoken British English

Welcome to the official website of the London–Lund Corpus 2 (LLC–2)!

LLC–2 is a half-a-million-word corpus of spoken language with data recorded in 2014–2019 with adult educated speakers of British English. On the one hand, the corpus is a resource for studying contemporary speech from a synchronic perspective and across different registers and groups of speakers. On the other hand, it is designed according to the same principles as the original London–Lund Corpus (LLC–1) with data from the 1950–1980s. To this end, it facilitates principled comparisons across different time periods of English with roughly 50 years in between. The corpus design includes: face-to-face conversation, mobile phone/Skype conversation (landline telephone calls in LLC–1), broadcast discussions and interviews, parliamentary language, spontaneous commentary, legal language and prepared speech.

News and updates

The release of LLC–2 (6 Jan 2020)

We are currently preparing LLC–2 for release. The corpus will be made publicly available from the Lund University Humanities Lab's corpus server. Thank you for your patience!

Special issue on Spoken Language Across Time (16 Dec 2019)

We are happy to announce that we are preparing a special issue on Spoken Language Across Time to be published in English Language and Linguistics in 2021. The contributors are a mix of speakers from the international symposium held in Lund in September 2019 and members of the audience. The special issue will also include a reference article of LLC–2.

LLC–2 featured on Lund University Magazine (27 Sep 2019)

We are honoured to be featured on the latest issue of the Lund University Magazine about our work on LLC–2. The article (in Swedish) is available here. Thank you Jenny!

Carita Paradis at BICLCE 2019 (26 Sep 2019)

Carita Paradis gave a keynote talk on the compilation of LLC–2 at the 8th Biennial International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English (BICLCE) in Bamberg, Germany. We thank the organisers for inviting Carita to talk about the corpus!