SCOTS – Scottish Corpus of Texts and Speech

8 June, 2005 at 21:10 Leave a comment

The Scottish Corpus of Texts and Speech (SCOTS) Project is delighted to announce an update to our online corpus, on 20 May 2005. This update offers a greater number and range of texts, and improved functionality for corpus research.
The latest version of the Corpus now includes 515 texts (a total of nearly 750,000 words), in a range of genres, including informal correspondence, prose fiction and non-fiction, poetry, religious texts. A number of new transcriptions of spoken texts (conversations and interviews) are also available, with accompanying audio/video files. Spoken language makes up just over 20% of the corpus. Other improved features of this latest update include:
* wildcard word/phrase searching
* improved results list, with flexible ordering
* improved navigation between word/phrase occurrences
* improved synchronisation of multimedia files with orthographic transcriptions
* a basic key word in context display (full concordance facility next)
SCOTS at the University of Glasgow is funded by a generous AHRC Grant.

    Phase 1 of the project was supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in a joint project with the Language Technology Group, University of Edinburgh. SCOTS Phase 2 is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), which supports postgraduate training and research in the arts and humanities. Such research provides social and cultural benefits and contributes to the economic success of the country. The importance of the arts and humanities has been recognised by the Government’s decision to make the AHRC a research council. For further information on the AHRC, see http://www.ahrc.ac.uk

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