The ASU Corpus

Project leader


Type: Research facility (language corpus)

  • The Swedish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSFR) 1991-94
  • Magn. Bergvalls Stiftelse; Birgit & Gad Rausings Stiftelse för Humanistisk Forskning;
  • Henrik Granholms stiftelse.
Collaboration: Språkbanken, University of Gothenburg (Lars Borin, Leif-Jöran Olsson.

The ASU Corpus is a longitudinal corpus of transcribed audio-recorded conversations and written texts collected from adult learners of Swedish and supplemented by a comparable material from native Swedes. It was built up in the 1990s within the project Andraspråkets strukturutveckling (ASU) (‘Structural development of the second language') at the Department of Linguistics, SU, under the direction of Björn Hammarberg and has later been technically updated in collaboration with Språkbanken, University of Gothenburg (Lars Borin, Leif-Jöran Olsson).

The corpus is intended to serve as a database for investigations of Swedish learner language in its phases of development in individual learners, and for comparisons of the Swedish production of learners and native speakers. Ten foreign students at Stockholm University have supplied data at short intervals from the beginner stage in Swedish up to a level where they are studying in Swedish at university level. In addition, a comparable control material has been collected from seven native Swedish students.

A parallel design with similar contents for all informants provides for systematic comparisons between different individuals, between learners and native speakers, longitudinally across stages, between speech and writing, and between different activities in conversation and different text types in writing.

The corpus comprises about ½ million word tokens of which the major part consists of transcribed oral production. The learners' and the native informants' production has been word-tagged.

A special user interface, designed within the so-called ITG Platform (Språkbanken, University of Gothenburg) permits searches as well as interactive analysis and editing of search results.

Last updated on 2017-23-03 at 09:08

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