Variable phonological patterns in natural discourse: New data from the Audio BNC

Prof. Dr. Sabine Arndt-Lappe and Prof. Dr. Sebastian Hoffmann

Timeline: since 2018

This corpus-linguistic project studies a range of so-called connected-speech phenomena in naturally occurring discourse, on the basis of the audio data that were recorded as part of the British National Corpus (BNC) in the early? 1990s. A second aim of the project is to promote and enhance the accessibility of the BNC’s audio and transcription data for the benefit of a wider community of researchers.


Arndt-Lappe, Sabine & Sebastian Hoffmann. in prep. Rhythmic alternation in the Spoken BNC. Commissioned for: Schützler, Ole & Julia Schlüter. Comparative Approaches to Data and Methods in Corpus Linguistics. Cambridge: CUP.

Hoffmann, Sebastian, Sabine Arndt-Lappe & Valérie Keppenne. 2018. Exploring the Potential and the Limitations of the Audio Edition of the 1994 Spoken BNC. Paper presented at ICAME 39, University of Tampere, 30.5.–3.6.2018.

Hoffmann, Sebastian. 2018. Audio data search for BNCweb, CQP edition.