The EMI campus as site and source for a multimodal corpus: Issues and challenges of corpus construction at a Sino-British university

Michael P. Stevens, Yu-Hua Chen, Simon Harrison

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Abstract

This chapter reports on the motivations, design, and challenges of building the Corpus of Chinese Academic Written and Spoken English (CAWSE), an open-access corpus of Chinese students’ English samples collected from a Sino-British university in China. To date, the corpus comprises over 1.5 million words in the subcorpus of written assessment, a subcorpus of 63.8 hours of spoken assessment, and a multimodal subcorpus totaling 24 hours of audio/video classroom data, including 107 tasks already or in process of being transcribed and annotated. Focusing on the design and construction of the multimodal subcorpus comprised of video recordings of student interaction in classroom settings, we report specif-ically on the challenges that arise from the institutional and material realities of working with gatekeepers, handling data ethically, and selecting and processing data that is representative. We also explain the motivations behind focusing on student language, which we characterize as an emerging variety of L2 academic English as a Lingua Franca (ELF). We hope to provide insight into the com-plexities of developing a multimodal corpus from the unique setting of a foreign-based EMI campus.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVariation in Time and Space: Observing the World through Corpora
EditorsAnna Čermáková, Markéta Malá
PublisherDe Gruyter
ISBN (Print)978-3-11-060471-9
Publication statusPublished - May 2020

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NameDiskursmuster - Discourse Patterns

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Stevens, M. P., Chen, Y-H., & Harrison, S. (2020). The EMI campus as site and source for a multimodal corpus: Issues and challenges of corpus construction at a Sino-British university. In A. Čermáková, & M. Malá (Eds.), Variation in Time and Space: Observing the World through Corpora (Diskursmuster - Discourse Patterns). De Gruyter.