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Work on Spoken (Multimodal) Language Corpora in South Africa
University of Borås, School of Business and IT.
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2010 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper describes past, ongoing and planned work on the collection and transcription of spoken language samples for all the South African official languages and as part of this the training of researchers in corpus linguistic research skills. More specifically the work has involved (and still involves) establishing an international corpus linguistic network linked to a network hub at a UNISA website and the development of research tools, a corpus research guide and workbook for multimodal communication and spoken language corpus research. As an example of the work we are doing and hope to do more of in the future, we present a small pilot study of the influence of English and Afrikaans on the 100 most frequent words in spoken Xhosa as this is evidenced in the corpus of spoken interaction we have gathered so far. Other planned work, besides work on spoken language phenomena, involves comparison of spoken and written language and work on communicative body movements (gestures) and their relation to speech.

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European Language Resources Association (ELRA) , 2010.
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multimodal corpora, south african languages, spoken language, xhosa, zulu, Linguistics, Informatics
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Language Technology (Computational Linguistics) General Language Studies and Linguistics Information Systems
URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-6500Local ID: 2320/7401ISBN: 2-9517408-6-7OAI: diva2:887196
In Proseedings of the Seventh conference on International Language Resources and Evaluation(LREC'10), Valetta, Malta, May 19-21
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