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FYI: Scottish Corpus of Texts and Speech (SCOTS)


Author: Wendy Anderson

Linguistic Field(s): Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English

FYI Body: THE SCOTTISH CORPUS OF TEXTS AND SPEECH PROJECT (SCOTS) HAS LAUNCHED ITS ONLINE CORPUS - ON ST ANDREW'S DAY, 30TH NOVEMBER 2004. THIS NEW RESOURCE, WHICH IS FREELY AND PUBLICLY AVAILABLE, CAPTURES THE LANGUAGES OF SCOTLAND, BY BRINGING TOGETHERWRITTEN, SPOKEN, AUDIO AND VIDEO TEXTS. INITIALLY WE ARE MAKING AVAILABLECLOSE TO 400 TEXTS, AROUND HALF A MILLION WORDS IN TOTAL, RANGING FROMBROAD SCOTS TO SCOTTISH ENGLISH. SCOTS ALREADY CONTAINS A WIDE VARIETY OF TYPES OF TEXT: PROSE, POETRY, DRAMA, ESSAYS, CORRESPONDENCE, BUSINESS WRITING. AUDIO AND VIDEO MATERIAL COMESCOMPLETE WITH TRANSCRIPTIONS, AND ACCESS TO THE ORIGINAL SOUND OR VIDEO. ALLOF THE TEXTS ARE ACCOMPANIED BY COMPREHENSIVE SOCIOLINGUISTIC INFORMATIONABOUT THE TEXT ITSELF AND ITS AUTHOR. TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE SCOTS PROJECT OR TO BROWSE OR SEARCH THECORPUS, PLEASE VISIT THE PROJECT WEBSITE AT WWW.SCOTTISHCORPUS.AC.UK. THECORPUS ITSELF WILL BE ACCESSIBLE FROM THIS SITE FROM 30TH NOVEMBER. SCOTSIS AN ONGOING PROJECT, AND TO GIVE AS ACCURATE A PICTURE AS POSSIBLE OF THE LANGUAGES OF SCOTLAND, WE NEED MORE TEXTS. WE ENCOURAGE ANYONE WHOMIGHT BE ABLE TO CONTRIBUTE TOTHE RESOURCE BY DONATING TEXTS (EITHER WRITTEN OR SPOKEN) TO CONTACT US, BY EMAIL OR THROUGH THE WEBSITE. THE SCOTTISH CORPUS OF TEXTS AND SPEECH (SCOTS) IS A VENTURE BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND STELLA PROJECT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW. THE FIRST STAGE OF THE PROJECT WAS GRANT-FUNDED BY THEENGINEERING AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL; THE CURRENT THREE-YEAR STAGE IS FUNDED BY THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH BOARD (WWW.AHRB.AC.UK).THE AHRB FUNDS POSTGRADUATE TRAINING AND RESEARCH IN THE ARTS ANDHUMANITIES, FROM ARCHAEOLOGY AND ENGLISH LITERATURE TO DESIGN AND DANCE. THE QUALITY AND RANGE OF RESEARCH SUPPORTED NOT ONLY PROVIDES SOCIAL AND CULTURALBENEFITS BUT ALSO CONTRIBUTES TO THE ECONOMIC SUCCESS OF THE UK. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE AHRB, PLEASE SEE WWW.AHRB.AC.UK ................................... DR WENDY J. ANDERSON RESEARCH ASSISTANT SCOTTISH CORPUS OF TEXTS AND SPEECH DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW 12 UNIVERSITY GARDENS GLASGOW G12 8QQ SCOTLAND, UK WEBSITE: HTTP://WWW.SCOTTISHCORPUS.AC.UK

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