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date: 08 July 2020

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The aim of this chapter is to present and illustrate the methodology underlying the elaboration of a large reference corpus of spoken French, the PFC programme Phonologie du Français Contemporain: usages, variétés et structure (‘Phonology of Contemporary French: usage, varieties and structure’). This programme, set up in the late 1990s, is currently coordinated by Marie-Hélène Côté (University of Ottawa), Jacques Durand (University of Toulouse II), Bernard Laks (University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense), and Chantal Lyche (University of Oslo). This chapter attempts to show the advantages of a uniform type of data collection, transcription, and coding which has led to the construction of an interactive website ( allowing for the systematic study of variation in French throughout the world. It emphasizes that while the core of the programme has been phonological (with a special focus on liaison and schwa), the database permits applications ranging from speech recognition to syntax and discourse.

Keywords: PFC, French, corpus, phonology, transcription, coding, liaison, schwa, variation

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