Annotations and Tools for an Activity Based Spoken Language Corpus

  • Jens Allwood
  • Leif Grönqvist
  • Elisabeth Ahlsén
  • Magnus Gunnarsson
Part of the Text, Speech and Language Technology book series (TLTB, volume 22)


The paper contains a description of the Spoken Language Corpus of Swedish at the Department of Linguistics, Göteborg University (GSLC), and a summary of the various types of analysis and tools that have been developed for work on this corpus. Work on the corpus was started in the late 1970:s. It is incrementally growing and presently consists of 1.3 million words from about 25 different social activities. The corpus was initiated to meet a growing interest in naturalistic spoken language data. It is based on the fact that spoken language varies considerably in different social activities with regard to pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and communicative functions. The goal of the corpus is to include spoken language from as many social activities as possible to get a more complete understanding of the role of language and communication in human social life. This type of spoken language corpus is still fairly unique even for English, since many spoken language corpora (certainly for Swedish) have been collected for special purposes, like speech recognition, phonetics, dialectal variation or interaction with a computerized dialog system in a very narrow domain, e.g. MapTask (Isard and Carletta 1995), TRAINS (Heeman and Allen 1994), Waxholm (Blomberg et al. 1993).


Code Schema Communication Management Dialectal Variation Contrastive Stress Human Social Life 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jens Allwood
    • 1
  • Leif Grönqvist
    • 1
  • Elisabeth Ahlsén
    • 1
  • Magnus Gunnarsson
    • 1
  1. 1.Dep. of LinguisticsGöteborgs UniversityGöteborgSweden

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