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

Slides from ICAME 41 are now up (27 May 2020)

Due to COVID-19, this year's ICAME went digital and with great success, largely thanks to Beatrix Busse and her team in Heidelberg. The LLC–2 team participated with two presentations, one in a pre-conference workshop and the other in the main conference. Thanks to the initiative of the organisers of the pre-conference workshop, the workshop was held live on Zoom and the presenters could share their work and simultaneously engage in discussions with fellow corpus enthusiasts. Our presentation in the main conference was pre-recorded and uploaded to the ICAME digital space. Both slides are available here. Enjoy!

LLC–2 goes to ICAME 41 (30 January 2020)

We are happy to announce that two of our papers on LLC–2 have been accepted for presentation at this year's ICAME. The first paper outlines the key methodological decisions made in the compilation of LLC–2 and was accepted for presentation at the main conference. The second paper will be part of a pre-conference workshop organised by Sabine Arndt-Lappe and Sebastian Hoffmann, called "English Corpus Phonetics and Phonology at ICAME". In this paper, we argue for the importance of audio material in spoken corpus linguistics on the basis of a case study of LLC–2. For a list (and slides) of other presentations that we have given, please see the publications page. We are grateful to the Birgit Rausing Language Programme for funding Nele's trip to Heidelberg!

Photos from the international symposium are up (23 January 2020)

Get a glimpse of the international symposium we organised last September by checking out photos from the event here. Thanks to our academics-turned-photographers Joost and Sven for capturing the day so perfectly!

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!