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date: 10 July 2020

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This chapter presents the LeaP corpus, which was collected in Germany at the University of Bielefeld between 2001 and 2003 as part of the LeaP (Learning Prosody in a Foreign Language) project. The project aim was to investigate the acquisition of prosody by second language learners of German and English with a special focus on stress, intonation, and speech rhythm, as well as the influencing factors on the acquisition process and outcome. The author provides a detailed discussion of methods concerning the compilation of a corpus designed for studying the acquisition of prosody: selection of speakers, recordings, types of speech, transcription issues, annotation procedures, data formats, and assessment of annotator reliability.

Keywords: second language English, second language German, prosody, data collection and annotation

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