The Aston Corpus of West Midlands English

West Midlands English

Welcome to the Aston Corpus of West Midlands English (ACWME). ACWME is part of the West Midlands English: Speech and Society project. The corpus is a database comprised of unedited sound recordings with accompanying XML compatible transcriptions  of locally based performances  -  comedy, drama, poetry,  song  and story telling - and related interviews with performers, members of the audience and local and national celebrities associated with the region. 

This website is designed for research use and assumes  no specialist or technical knowledge.  The database  made available through this site is primarily  intended for  use by academic researchers, university teachers,  language societies and, educationalists interested in contemporary regional  linguistic variation of the West Midlands region of the UK and its use in creative writing and  performance. 

A further website, West Midlands English: Speech and Society,  features learning and teaching resources for us  in schools in the UK, particularly for GCE A Level English Language,  A Level English language and Literature and for use in university undergraduate and postgraduate courses worldwide on linguistic variation and change in the UK. 

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