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date: 13 July 2020

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The aim of this chapter is to present two of the speech corpora developed at the Text Laboratory of the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Oslo, which are available on the web. These two corpora, NoTa-Oslo and TAUS, consist of spontaneous speech from residents of Oslo, NoTa-Oslo speech recorded in 2005–2006 and TAUS speech recorded in 1972–1973. The web search interface is relatively simple to use, and the transcriptions are linked to audio files (for both NoTa-Oslo and TAUS) and video files (for NoTa-Oslo). NoTa-Oslo and TAUS are both multi-purpose corpora, designed to serve several research tasks in different fields, such as phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, dialogue, dialectology, sociolinguistics, lexicography, and language technology. This makes the corpora very useful for most purposes, but it also means that they cannot immediately meet the demands of every research task. The authors present the two corpora, their content and their web interface, and then discuss how they can be used for phonological research.

Keywords: spontaneous speech, conversation, multi-purpose corpora, video, language change, orthographic transcription, Glossa, corpus explorer tool

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