The study of English as a lingua franca (ELF) has been gaining momentum in recent years, especially after the establishment of the Vienna-Oxford International Corpus of English (VOICE), the first corpus capturing spoken ELF interactions in Europe (a project led by Prof. Barbara Seidlhofer from 2005 to 2013). Inspired by the VOICE project, since 2009, a research team led by Prof. Andy Kirkpatrick has been trying to establish the Asian Corpus of English (ACE), a one-million-word corpus capturing spoken ELF interactions in Asia. The aim of the ACE project is to open the way for a large-scale and in-depth linguistic description of Asian ELF. This presentation will mark the official Asian launch of the ACE corpus online. Details of the development of the ACE corpus will be presented, and different features of the ACE website will be illustrated, such as browsing the corpus files by category and searching the ACE corpus online. Research possibilities using ACE data will be explored. It is hoped that the official launch of ACE will fill a gap and open new windows in the area of ELF research, such as comparative studies between ACE and VOICE, and pedagogical applications of ACE in English language teaching and learning.
|Published - Oct 2014