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By Karen P. Corrigan, Adam Mearns

This booklet unites quite a number methods to the gathering and digitization of numerous language corpora. Its particular concentration is on top practices pointed out within the exploitation of those assets in landmark effect projects throughout assorted components of the globe. the improvement of more and more available electronic corpora has coincided with advancements within the criteria governing the gathering, encoding and archiving of ‘Big Data’. much less cognizance has been paid to the significance of constructing criteria for enriching and holding different forms of corpus info, reminiscent of that which captures the nuances of neighborhood dialects, for instance. This ebook takes those most sensible practices one other leap forward by way of addressing leading edge equipment for reinforcing and exploiting really good corpora in order that they develop into obtainable to wider audiences past the academy.

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Mearns Chapters 2, 3, 5 and 7 in Part I involve outreach initiatives that specifically engage pre-university (public) school audiences,6 while Chap. 8 offers a case study focusing on the teaching of English grammar, punctuation and spelling using smartphone apps targeted at students in schools as well as in higher education and TESOL contexts. Chapters 2, 3, 5 and 7 straddle the education/heritage divide, since they share with Chaps. 4 and 6 an orientation beyond the classroom towards the use of corpora in museum and heritage organizations as well as in more broadly defined public education projects on aspects of language and dialect awareness.

Other projects described in this volume have practices whereby their public outputs—in the form of apps, books, pamphlets and the like—are marketed and the profits are ploughed back into the upkeep of the corpus. These practices too, though, are dependent on individuals sustaining them over a period of time, which is less than ideal. In addition, therefore, to advocating the deposit of data sets with organizations such as the LDC or OTA, we would also recommend developing good relations with ‘Living Laboratory’ initiatives (Kretzschmar, this volume), university libraries and Information Technology groups which are best placed to steward major archiving projects like these in the longer term (see Day 2001; Smith et al.

1 How to Tame Digital Texts, Voices and Images for the Wild A reviewer for our proposal to Palgrave Macmillan outlining the case for editing a volume on corpus creation that would focus on engagement rightly contended that ‘despite the requirement imposed by funding agencies that corpora should be constructed with public engagement in mind, this proves to be the exception rather than the rule’. There are three principal reasons why we consider this view to be justified: the diversity of aims between one corpus creation project and another; the very understandable desire amongst those who have given their blood, sweat and tears to collect the data and build a corpus from it to keep the resource for private use;2 and the extent to which a corpus can ever be effectively anonymized for public access.

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