Spoken BNC2014 Early Access Data Grant Scheme – winning proposals

Lancaster University’s ESRC funded Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS) and Cambridge University Press are pleased to announce the recipients of the Spoken BNC2014 Early Access Data Grants. These successful applicants will receive exclusive early access to approximately five million words of the Spoken BNC2014 via CQPweb. They will be the first to conduct research using the data and produce papers to be published in 2017, coinciding with the release of the full corpus.

The successful applicants, their institutions, and the research they intend to undertake, are:


Karin Aijmer


Investigating intensifiers in the Spoken BNC2014


Karin Axelsson


Canonical and non-canonical tag questions in the Spoken BNC2014: What has happened since the original BNC?


Andrew Caines1, Michael McCarthy2 and Paula Buttery1

1Cambridge, 2Nottingham

‘You still talking to me?’ The zero auxiliary progressive in spoken British English, twenty years on


Andreea Simona Calude


Sociolinguistic Variation in Cleft Constructions – a quantitative corpus study of spontaneous conversation


Jonathan Culpeper


Politeness variation in England


Robert Fuchs


Recent Change in the sociolinguistics of intensifiers in British English


Kazuki Hata, Yun Pan and Steve Walsh


Talking the talk, walking the walk: interactional competence in and out


Tanja Hessner and Ira Gawlitzek


Women speak in an emotional manner; men show their authority through speech! – A corpus-based study on linguistic differences showing which gender clichés are (still) true by analysing boosters in the Spoken BNC2014


Barbara McGillivray1, Jenset Gard1 and Michael Rundell2

1Oxford, 2Lexicography MasterClass

The dative alternation revisited: fresh insights from contemporary spoken data


Laura Paterson


‘You can just give those documents to myself’:  Untriggered reflexive pronouns in 21st century spoken British English


Chris Ryder, Jacqueline Laws and Sylvia Jaworska


From oldies to selfies: A diachronic corpus-based study into changing productivity patterns in British English suffixation


Tanja Säily1, Victoria González-Díaz2 and Jukka Suomela3

1Helsinki, 2Liverpool, 3Aalto

Variation in the productivity of adjective comparison


Deanna Wong


Investigating British English backchannels in the Spoken BNC2014


Thank you to everyone who applied, and congratulations to the winning proposals. Check back soon for more details on the Early Access Data Grant Scheme research.