Collecting and Analysing Data


Some options for collecting data (i.e., data pools/banks available):

    • Different pools of data within on-going research projects at the Dept. of Languages / English: please contact the respective head of project
    • Other corpora:
      • British National Corpus: a 100-million-word collection of samples of written and spoken language from a wide range of sources, representing a cross-section of current British English.
      • American Rhetoric Online Speech Bank: audio- or video-recordings of over 5,000 public speeches, lectures, sermons, interviews, etc.
      • Finnish-English Contrastive Corpus Studies (FECCS): a 2-million-word parallel pool of Finnish/English (also Swedish/English and Norwegian/English) written data, fiction and non-fiction on a number of topics, available on CD-ROM; contact Arja Piirainen-Marsh.
      • International Corpus of Learner English (ICLE) a corpus of argumentative essays written by language learners in a variety of languages, including Finnish and Swedish.
      • Pools of spoken data of different kinds (and in different languages) collected for the purposes of conversation analysts, for details, see http://www.helsinki.fi/hum/skl/ca/aineistoja.html
      • Language bank: both written and spoken linguistic material in Finnish, Finnish Swedish and Swedish, and software for carrying out analyses

Some options for analysing data (this is not the strongest area on the Internet, so you'd better consult book-length accounts on quantitative and qualitative research methods):