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  • CFPs Special Issue of RiCL on "Innovations in the compilation and analysis of spoken corpora" edited by Robbie Love (Aston University)


    Corpora derived from recordings of spoken language present unique challenges for linguists, from the perspectives of corpus design, compilation, processing and analysis, among others. Over the last few decades, there have been many developments in these areas, largely driven by technological innovations, for example: the ubiquity of digital recording devices for the easy capture of speech; the wide availability of video and audio data, from a variety of discourse contexts; advancements in automated transcription; developments in the exploitation of multimodal corpora; and advancements in the functionality of popular corpus tools to process highly-annotated corpora. This special issue of RiCL intends to capture recent innovations in both the compilation and analysis of spoken corpora – both monomodal and multimodal – and highlight the current challenges and future opportunities in this area of study.


    Potential topics for the special issue include innovations in:

    • The design of (monomodal or multimodal) spoken corpora in a variety of domains
    • The collection, processing and exploitation of metadata (e.g. social variables, contextual variables, etc.)
    • The transcription of audio or audio-visual data
    • The analysis of spoken corpora, including but not limited to: theoretical frameworks, tool development, visualisation, reporting
    • The generation of knowledge about language and communication deriving from spoken corpora
    • The annotation and processing of spoken corpus data
    • The applications and impacts of spoken corpus analysis
    • The compilation and analysis of spoken corpora in lesser-studied language varieties

    This is an indicative and non-exhaustive list. To be clear, research on any language variet(y/ies) is welcome. If you have an idea but are not sure whether it would be suitable, please get in touch.

    Important Dates

    • Deadline for proposals: October 7, 2022
    • Outcome of proposal review: October 28, 2022
    • Deadline for manuscript first drafts: May 5, 2023
    • Notification of reviewer outcome: September 1, 2023
    • Deadline for manuscript final drafts: December 15, 2023

    Special issue publication: Spring 2024

    Proposal Format & Submission

    Submit a one-page abstract and tentative title for your proposed paper. The abstract should introduce the topic, motivate the study, summarise the methods and (where appropriate) describe the data to be analysed. Preliminary results are welcome but not required (i.e. we will consider proposals based on planned but not yet completed research). Please also include your name(s) and full contact information. Submit your proposal to Robbie Love ( RiCL’s submission guidelines can be found at: Submissions | Research in Corpus Linguistics (

    Peer Review
    All accepted manuscripts will undergo double-blind peer review.

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