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The NECTE2 corpus


Period: 2007-11

 

Interview Details: 44 interviews. Total word count = 366,062. Total audio length = 31 hours 17 minutes 23 seconds.

 

The DECTE Project Team: Isabelle Buchstaller, Karen Corrigan, Adam Mearns, Hermann Moisl.

 


The NECTE2 corpus comprises dyadic sociolinguistic interviews with speakers of North Eastern English varieties conducted between November 2007 and September 2011. The NECTE2 project intends to build on this by generating a monitor corpus that is expected to grow year on year by about 150 interviews. The first phase of this project was funded between 2009-2010 by an award from the Centre for Research in Language and Linguistic Sciences at Newcastle University for research collaboration and infrastructure initiatives. The holders of the award were Isabelle Buchstaller, Karen Corrigan, Gerard Docherty and Ghada Khattab. Subsequent phases were funded by a bid (2010-2012) to the AHRC's DEDEFI scheme by Isabelle Buchstaller, Karen Corrigan and Hermann Moisl. This corpus-building initiative was designed as a follow-up to the NECTE project, which amalgamated two pre-existing corpora described elsewhere on this site: the Tyneside Linguistic Survey (TLS) and the Phonological Variation and Change in Contemporary Spoken English (PVC).

The interviews comprising NECTE2 have since 2007 been collected annually by undergraduate and postgraduate students and researchers at Newcastle University as part of a learning and teaching initiative that encompasses courses in areas such as linguistic variation and change, sociolinguistics and discourse analysis. Like those in PVC, these interviews each record two informants who are usually friends or relatives and therefore similar in age or social background, or both. The conversations generally last from 30 to 70 minutes and cover a wide range of topics, with different degrees of participation and direction from the different student interviewers involved. Unlike the TLS and PVC interviews, which concentrated exclusively on the Newcastle/Gateshead region of Tyneside, the geographical area covered by the project has now been extended to include speakers from other parts of the North East of England, as can be seen from the informant details listed in Table 2 below.

The digital audio recordings and text transcriptions of these interviews, together with records of informant social details and other supplementary material, form the NECTE2 collection (http://research.ncl.ac.uk/necte2). The NECTE2 component of DECTE is shown in Table 1.

Table 1. NECTE2 Interviews in DECTE

Interview Code

Word

Count

Audio

(mins:secs)

Interview Code

Word

Count

Audio

(mins:secs)

decten2y07i001

16,181

74:32

decten2y10i005

5,890

30:47

decten2y07i002

4,668

32:08

decten2y10i006

7,571

30:15

decten2y07i003

15,723

71:04

decten2y10i007

5,109

30:00

decten2y07i004

14,552

60:48

decten2y10i008

6,086

31:17

decten2y07i005

12,997

65:04

decten2y10i009

6,707

29:57

decten2y07i006

11,625

59:12

decten2y10i010

5,952

34:14

decten2y07i007

11,708

62:23

decten2y10i011

6,794

30:10

decten2y07i008

11,832

89:27

decten2y10i012

6,839

30:05

decten2y07i009

14,376

71:22

decten2y10i013

5,312

30:40

decten2y07i010

12,743

79:52

decten2y10i014

5,893

30:09

decten2y07i011

8,764

44:44

decten2y10i015

6,011

30:11

decten2y07i012

7,001

40:35

decten2y10i016

6,805

30:05

decten2y07i013

9,505

53:21

decten2y10i017

5,648

30:01

decten2y07i014

9,324

46:35

decten2y10i018

7,063

30:08

decten2y08i001

9,704

57:48

decten2y10i019

6,426

30:11

decten2y08i002

10,906

47:25

decten2y10i020

5,636

30:23

decten2y08i003

10,908

51:37

decten2y10i021

6,813

31:40

decten2y08i004

12,458

76:03

decten2y10i022

7,542

30:01

decten2y10i001

6,166

30:10

decten2y10i023

6,583

30:37

decten2y10i002

6,190

31:27

decten2y10i024

6,114

30:04

decten2y10i003

4,824

29:42

decten2y10i025

5,728

30:01

decten2y10i004

6,733

30:03

decten2y10i026

4,652

31:05

 

Each interview has two primary informants. These are listed in Table 2 as 'a' and 'b' together with associated social data.

 

Table 12. NECTE2 Informant Details

Informant Code

Gender

Age Group

Region - Residence

(Birth Place, if different)

Education

Occupation

informantY07i001a

Female

16-20

Tyneside - Newcastle

A-Levels

Waitress

informantY07i001b

Female

16-20

Tyneside - Newcastle

A-Levels

College Student

informantY07i002a

Female

21-30

Tyneside - Newcastle

Higher Education

University Student

informantY07i002b

Male

21-30

Tyneside - Newcastle

Higher Education

University Student

informantY07i003a

Female

16-20

Tyneside - Gateshead

A-Levels

Sixth Form Student

informantY07i003b

Female

16-20

Tyneside - Gateshead

A-Levels

Sixth Form Student

informantY07i004a

Female

16-20

County Durham - Darlington

Higher Education

University Student

informantY07i004b

Female

16-20

Wearside - Sunderland

Higher Education

University Student

informantY07i005a

Female

21-30

North Tyneside - North Shields

Higher Education

University Student

informantY07i005b

Male

21-30

North Tyneside - Wallsend

Higher Education

University Student

informantY07i006a

Male

31-40

Northumberland  - Blyth

(born in Newcastle, Tyneside)

GCSE

(General Certificate of Secondary Education)

Retail Manager

informantY07i006b

Male

21-30

Northumberland - Blyth

Further Education

Hospitality Manager

informantY07i007a

Male

21-30

Wearside - Sunderland

(born in Newcastle, Tyneside)

Higher Education

Shop Worker

informantY07i007b

Female

16-20

Tyneside - Newcastle

Higher Education

University Student

informantY07i008a

Male

51-60

Tyneside - Newcastle

Further Education

Civil Engineer

informantY07i008b

Male

51-60

Tyneside - Newcastle

Left school at 15

Caretaker

informantY07i009a

Male

21-30

Tyneside - Newcastle

(born in Morpeth, Northumberland)

Higher Education

Postgraduate Student

informantY07i009b

Female

21-30

Northumberland - Morpeth

Higher Education

Postgraduate Student

informantY07i010a

Female

16-20

Wearside - Sunderland

Higher Education

University Student

informantY07i010b

Female

16-20

Wearside - Sunderland

(born in Durham)

Further Education

College Student

informantY07i011a

Female

81-90

Tyneside - Gateshead

Unknown

Retired

informantY07i011b

Female

81-90

Tyneside - Gateshead

Unknown

Retired

informantY07i012a

Male

71-80

Tyneside - Newcastle

Unknown

Shop-fitter (retired)

informantY07i012b

Male

71-80

Tyneside - Newcastle

(born in Gateshead)

Left school at 14

Train Driver (retired)

informantY07i013a

Male

61-70

Wearside - Sunderland

Unknown

Painter & Decorator

informantY07i013b

Male

61-70

Wearside - Sunderland

Unknown

Factory Worker (retired)

informantY07i014a

Female

81-90

Wearside - Sunderland

(born in South Shields, South Tyneside)

Left school at 14

Department Store Worker (retired)

informantY07i014b

Female

81-90

Wearside - Sunderland

(born in South Shields, South Tyneside)

Left school at 14

Shop Worker (retired)

informantY08i001a

Female

41-50

Tyneside - Newcastle

Left school at 16

Civil Servant

informantY08i001b

Female

41-50

Tyneside - Newcastle

Further Education

Financial Services Administrator

informantY08i002a

Male

16-20

Tyneside - Newcastle

(born in Chester-le-Street, County Durham)

Higher Education

University Student

informantY08i002b

Male

16-20

Tyneside - Newcastle

(born in North Shields, North Tyneside)

Higher Education

University Student

informantY08i003a

Male

16-20

Tyneside - Newcastle

(born in Monkseaton, North Tyneside)

Further Education

College Student

informantY08i003b

Male

16-20

Tyneside - Newcastle

(born in Whitburn, South Tyneside)

Higher Education

University Student

informantY08i004a

Female

51-60

Tyneside - Newcastle

Left school at 15; subsequent NVQ (National Vocational Qualification)

Housing Officer

informantY08i004b

Male

51-60

Tyneside - Newcastle

Left school at 16; subsequent City and Guilds

Service Technician

informantY10i001a

Female

41-50

Northumberland - Seaton Delaval

Left school at 16

(O Levels)

Mental Health Scheme Manager

informantY10i001b

Female

41-50

Northumberland - Prudhoe

Left school at 16

(O Levels)

Clerk

informantY10i002a

Male

21-30

Tyneside - Newcastle

(born in Yarm, Teesside)

Higher Education

University Student

informantY10i002b

Male

21-30

Tyneside - Newcastle

(born in Durham)

Higher Education

Work placement at solicitors

informantY10i003a

Male

51-60

Wearside - Sunderland

Left school at 16

Welder

informantY10i003b

Male

41-50

Wearside - Sunderland

Left school at 16

Welder

informantY10i004a

Male

21-30

North Tyneside - North Shields (born in Peterlee, County Durham)

Higher Education

Music Publisher

informantY10i004b

Male

21-30

Wearside - Washington

(born in Consett, County Durham)

Further Education

Healthcare Advisor

informantY10i005a

Female

16-20

Tyneside - Newcastle

Further Education

College Student

informantY10i005b

Female

16-20

Tyneside - Newcastle

Higher Education

University Student

informantY10i006a

Male

21-30

Northumberland - Darras Hall, Ponteland

Higher Education

Project Manager

informantY10i006b

Male

21-30

Northumberland - Darras Hall, Ponteland

Higher Education

Recruitment Officer

informantY10i007a

Male

16-20

Tyneside - Newcastle

Higher Education

University Student

informantY10i007b

Male

16-20

Tyneside - Newcastle

Higher Education

University Student

informantY10i008a

Female

16-20

Tyneside - Newcastle

Higher Education

University Student

informantY10i008b

Female

16-20

Tyneside - Newcastle

Further Education

College Student

informantY10i009a

Male

41-50

Tyneside - Newcastle

(born in North Shields, North Tyneside)

Left school at 16

Driver

informantY10i009b

Male

51-60

North Tyneside - North Shields

Left school at 16

Joiner

informantY10i010a

Female

51-60

North Tyneside - Whitley Bay

Further Education

Civil Servant

informantY10i010b

Male

51-60

North Tyneside - Whitley Bay

Left school at 16; subsequent college

Local Government Officer

informantY10i011a

Male

16-20

County Durham - Chester-le-Street

Higher Education

University Student

informantY10i011b

Female

16-20

Wearside - Washington

Higher Education

University Student

informantY10i012a

Male

16-20

Tyneside - Newcastle

Higher Education

University Student

informantY10i012b

Male

16-20

Tyneside - Newcastle

Higher Education

University Student

informantY10i013a

Female

21-30

Tyneside - Newcastle

Higher Education

University Student

informantY10i013b

Female

21-30

Tyneside - Newcastle

Higher Education

University Student

informantY10i014a

Female

51-60

Tyneside - Newcastle

Left school at 16

Special Needs Assistant

informantY10i014b

Male

51-60

North Tyneside - Wallsend

Left school at 16

Delivery Driver

informantY10i015a

Female

21-30

Tyneside - Crawcrook, Gateshead

Higher Education

Photographer (in retail)

informantY10i015b

Female

21-30

Tyneside - Newcastle

Higher Education

University Student

informantY10i016a

Female

16-20

South Tyneside - East Boldon

Further Education

Advertising Monitor

informantY10i016b

Female

16-20

South Tyneside - Boldon

Higher Education

University Student

informantY10i017a

Male

31-40

Wearside - Penshaw

A-Levels

Unemployed

informantY10i017b

Male

61-70

South Tyneside - South Shields

Further Education

(ONC, Ordinary National Certificate)

Engineer (retired)

informantY10i018a

Female

21-30

Northumberland - Ashington

Higher Education

University Student

informantY10i018b

Female

16-20

Northumberland - Ashington

Still at school

School Student

informantY10i019a

Female

21-30

Tyneside - Newcastle

Higher Education

University Student

informantY10i019b

Female

21-30

North Tyneside - Whitley Bay

Higher Education

University Student

informantY10i020a

Female

21-30

Tyneside - Newcastle

Higher Education

Postgraduate Student

informantY10i020b

Female

21-30

Tyneside - Newcastle

Higher Education

Unemployed

informantY10i021a

Female

16-20

North Tyneside - Wallsend

Higher Education

University Student

informantY10i021b

Female

16-20

Northumberland - Blyth

Higher Education

University Student

informantY10i022a

Female

16-20

Northumberland - Prudhoe

Higher Education

University Student

informantY10i022b

Female

16-20

Tyneside - Newcastle

Higher Education

University Student

informantY10i023a

Female

16-20

Tyneside - Newcastle

(born in Crook, County Durham)

Higher Education

University Student

informantY10i023b

Female

16-20

Tyneside - Newcastle

(born in Belmont, County Durham)

Higher Education

University Student

informantY10i024a

Male

16-20

South Tyneside - South Shields

Higher Education

University Student

informantY10i024b

Female

16-20

Wearside - Sunderland

Higher Education

University Student

informantY10i025a

Female

31-40

Wearside - Sunderland

Further Education

Account Manager

informantY10i025b

Male

31-40

Wearside - Sunderland

Further Education

Self-employed

informantY10i026a

Female

81-90

Tyneside - Newcastle

Left school at 14

Retired

informantY10i026b

Male

21-30

Tyneside - Newcastle

Higher Education

Postgraduate Student (PGCE)

 

The age and gender information in Table 2 is summarized in Table 3.

 

Table 3. NECTE2 Informants by Age and Gender

Age

All

Female

Male

16-20

34

24

10

21-30

24

12

12

31-40

4

1

3

41-50

6

4

2

51-60

10

3

7

61-70

3

0

3

71-80

2

0

2

81-90

5

5

0

TOTAL

88

49

39