Corpora: spoken corpora: big or small ?

stefan dollinger (
Tue, 02 Dec 1997 01:18:31 +0200

hi out there,
a student of english wants to contrast two diametrical approaches of
spoken corpora compilation: on one hand sinclair's "big is beautiful",
on the other the small multilayered copora such as the MARSEC, not
bigger than 50.000 words. for the latter category i'd use the London
Lund Corpus (though already 500.000 words and not mulitlayered) and for
the bigger i try to get a copy of (parts of) the BNC. does anybody have
experience in this field and give me some hints?