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Institutional collaboration in the creation of digital linguistic resources: the case of the British Telecom correspondence corpus

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posted on 08.05.2018, 14:04 by Ralph Morton, Hilary Nesi
In this chapter we discuss the creation of the British Telecom Correspondence Corpus (BTCC), a searchable database of letters taken from the public archives of British Telecom which were written by nearly four hundred authors on a wide variety of topics, between 1853 and 1982. In the first part of the chapter we discuss our experiences working on the Jisc-funded New Connections project, a collaboration between Coventry University, BT Heritage and The National Archives, focussing particularly on the methodological issues we encountered. The corpus was created to address a gap in existing corpus resources, and so that researchers (primarily linguists) could access and, crucially, engage with the language of the letters. Since the completion of the BTCC we have put together a funding bid to expand the corpus to include correspondence written to and from the Post Office, an institution with many historical links to BT. This chapter addresses issues surrounding institutional collaboration in both phases of this ongoing research

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  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Published in

Communities, Archives, and New Collaborative Practices

Pages

153 - 166

Citation

MORTON, R. and NESI, H., 2020. Institutional collaboration in the creation of digital linguistic resources: the case of the British Telecom correspondence corpus. IN: Popple, S., Prescott, A. and Mutibwa, D. (eds.) Communities, Archives, and New Collaborative Practices. Bristol: Policy Press, pp.153-166.

Publisher

Policy Press

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Policy Press

Publisher statement

This book chapter was published in the book Communities, Archives, and New Collaborative Practices [© Policy Press]. The published version is available at https://policy.bristoluniversitypress.co.uk/communities-archives-and-new-collaborative-practices.

Publication date

2020-02-26

Copyright date

2020

ISBN

9781447341949;9781447341895

Language

en

Editor(s)

Simon Popple, Andrew Prescott, Daniel Mutibwa