Corpora of Spoken Academic Discourse and Learner Talk: A Survey

  • Eric Friginal
  • Joseph J. Lee
  • Brittany Polat
  • Audrey Roberson


This chapter lists and briefly discusses seminal and recently collected corpora of spoken academic discourse and learner oral language (in English). We also provide descriptions of the texts and types of student oral language in these collections and some examples of corpus-based studies that utilize the same. Most are publicly available (e.g., MICASE, VOICE, LINDSEI, ELFA) and some may be purchased online from their developers. Table 2.7, which lists specialized spoken texts from L2 learners collected by various research groups globally, suggests a growing interest in this area of corpus-based research in the classroom and the important merging of SLA and corpus-informed approaches.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eric Friginal
    • 1
  • Joseph J. Lee
    • 2
  • Brittany Polat
    • 3
  • Audrey Roberson
    • 4
  1. 1.Applied Linguistics and ESLGeorgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Ohio UniversityAthensUSA
  3. 3.Georgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA
  4. 4.Hobart and William Smith CollegesGenevaUSA

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