Lancaster/IBM Spoken English Corpus

A corpus of approximately 52,000 words of contemporary spoken British English. The material is available in orthographic and prosodic transcription and in two versions with grammatical tagging (like those for the LOB Corpus). There is an accompanying manual. See further ICAME Journal 12, pp. 76-77.

[In Perspective] 
[Rosemary Hartill] 
[Broadcast notes: Radio 4, 07.45 a.m., 24th November, 1984]

Orthographic version:

Good morning. More news about the Reverend Sun Myung Moon, founder of the Unification church, who's currently in jail for tax evasion: he was awarded an honorary degree last week by

Prosodic version: (file is in 8 bit code, here #nnn is ASCII nnn, decimal)

#143Good `morning || #143`more news about the Reverend _Sun Myung Moon |
_founder of the Unification Church | who's currently in jail | for
tax evasion || he was auwarded an _honorary deigree last week | by

Horizontal version:

A01   2 (_( In_IN Perspective_NP )_)  
A01   3 (_( Rosemary_NP Hartill_NP )_)  
A01   5 ^ good_JJ morning_NN ._. ^ more_AP news_NN about_IN the_ATI
A01   5 Reverend_NPT Sun_NP Myung_NP Moon_NP ,_, founder_NN
A01   6 of_IN the_ATI Unification_NNP church_NN ,_, who_WP 's_BEZ
A01   6 currently_RB in_IN jail_NN for_IN tax_NN evasion_NN :_:

Vertical version:

A01   2 001 (     (                                   @ 
A01   2 010 IN    In 
A01   2 020 NP    Perspective 
A01   2 021 )     )                                   @ 
A01   3 001 (     (                                   @ 
A01   3 010 NP    Rosemary 
A01   3 020 NP    Hartill 
A01   3 021 )     )                                   @ 
A01   5 001 ----- ------------------------------------------- 
A01   5 010 JJ    good 
A01   5 020 NN    morning 
A01   5 021 .     . 
A01   5 022 ----- ------------------------------------------- 

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