MuSSel Corpus


Fernando Rubio
L2tReC
University of Utah

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Elnaz Kia
L2TReC
University of Utah

Jane Hacking
L2TReC
University of Utah

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Erin Schnur
Cambly
Walnut Creek, CA

Participants: ~152
Type of Study: interview
Location: United States
Media type: audio
DOI: doi:10.21415/GJ2A-K608

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Citation information

Rubio, F., Kia, E., Schnur, E. & Hacking, J. (2021-). Multilingual Corpus of Second Language Speech (MuSSeL) [datafiles]. Retrieved from https://slabank.talkbank.org/access/Multiple/MuSSel. doi:10.21415/GJ2A-K608.

In accordance with TalkBank rules, any use of data from this corpus must be accompanied by at least one of the above references.

Project Description

The Multilingual Corpus of Second Language Speech (MuSSeL) is a developing spoken learner corpus representative of three learning contexts (child dual language immersion classroom, adult language classroom, and adult post-immersion) and six languages (Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish). The child samples in MuSSeL come from the Interpersonal Listening/Speaking (ILS) section of ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL), and the adult samples come from ACTFL’s Oral Proficiency Interview by Computer (OPIc).

The current version of MuSSeL includes 2,597 texts produced by 152 learners in four languages (Chinese, French, Portuguese, and Spanish) and is freely available to search and download. Each speech sample in MuSSeL is presented in four file formats: MP3, CHAT, TEXT, and PDF, although the PDF is not included at SLABank. The transcripts are tagged according to CHAT protocols established by CHILDES (MacWhinney, 2000) and can be analyzed using CLAN (MacWhinney, 2000) and other corpus analysis tools, such as AntConc and WordSmith Tools. MuSSeL is searchable using various filters, e.g., language, age group, grade level, gender, topic, and proficiency level.

For more information about MuSSeL and the corpus resources available at the Second Language Teaching and Research Center (L2TreC), please visit our page: https://l2trec.utah.edu/learner-corpora/mussel/

Acknowledgments

This database was partially funded by the following contracts:

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