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Newcastle Corpus


The project "The Structure of French Interlanguage: A corpus-based study" was a three year project funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (research grant number 112118) which ran from October 2005 to September 2008. The project co-directors were Florence Myles (Newcastle University) and Rosamond Mitchell (University of Southampton);  Annabelle David (Newcastle) was the research associate working full time on the project, and Sarah Rule (Southampton) a part-time research associate. The Newcastle Corpus is the latest in a series of research projects since 2001 at the University of Southampton and Newcastle University, funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and the British Academy.

The specific aims of this project were:

Thirty learners were recruited from four different sixth form colleges and recorded performing a variety of oral tasks. Some of these tasks have been used in previous corpora, and some have been amended or newly created to match the learners' level. In addition, 15 native speakers have performed the same tasks.