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Desert Island Discs Corpus: Guest speaker classifications (1960s, 1980s, 2000s)

posted on 2020-01-20, 09:01 authored by Nicholas SmithNicholas Smith, Cathleen Waters
This file lists guest speakers who were sampled in a study by Nicholas Smith of language use in the BBC Radio show Desert Island Discs. Article title: 'Conversationalization and democratization in a radio chat show: A grammar-led investigation', to be published in Language Sciences in 2020. Corpus design by Nicholas Smith and Cathleen Waters. Speaker classifications by sex, age, occupation and education categories are given for four periods: two periods (1960s, early 1980s) with Roy Plomley as host, and two periods (late 1980s and early 2000s) with Sue Lawley as host. Also included is the start time of each recording sampled. Word counts obtained by Wmatrix (


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