Recording Devices, Corpora, Software and Tools

The Department of English provides a variety of recording devices and microphones to assist the linguistic fieldwork of staff and students (see list). To borrow a device, come by the office of the Language and Linguistics student assistants (B284) during office hours or by appointment. A 50.-CHF deposit is required for each borrowed device.

Recording Devices (PDF, 242KB)

For questions regarding recording devices, please contact Danielle Tod.

Departmental Corpus Computers

The department provides access to several spoken and written corpora (index), with speakers from a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds, including L1 and L2 English speakers from a number of countries and regions. Also available are two TV shows, The Only Way Is Essex (seasons 1-7) and Made In Chelsea (seasons 1-4).

All of these are located on the designated computer by the presence shelves in the department. The password is provided in applicable courses or through a supervisor.

Publicly Available Online Corpora

This document provides a short description of each corpus, availablility, accessibility and links: Corpora 07.12.2016.pdf (PDF, 313KB).

Please comply with the appropriate ethical guidelines and handle the data with care! For questions regarding corpora, please contact Sarah Grossenbacher.

There are a number of helpful programs and other tools, most of them freeware. It is advisable to download the manual first in order to ensure a successful installation process and avoid compatibility issues etc.

General Tools


Recording and Editing Software


Transcription Software


Analysis Software

For written data:


For acoustic data:


For statistical analysis:

For questions regarding recording devices, please contact Danielle Tod.

For questions recording corpora, please contact Sarah Grossenbacher.

For questions regarding software and tools, and for any other ‘Resources’ related queries, feedback or reports, please write an email to