February 2019


Building and using the Siarad corpus: Bilingual conversations in Welsh and English

Book Launch & Presentation

Main Arts Lecture Theatre, Bangor University
Wednesday 13 February 2019, 14:00–15:00
School of Literatures, Languages and Linguistics
Dr Peredur Webb-Davies

Book Launch & Presentation: Building and using the Siarad corpus: Bilingual conversations in Welsh and English 

Dr Peredur Webb-Davies

Professor Margaret Deuchar

Dr Kevin Donnelly

In 2005 a research team at Bangor University began collating a prioneering linguistic corpus of speech from Welsh-English bilinguals, with the aim of analysing speech phenomena, especially those features associated with bilingual speech such as code-switching, language contact effects and borrowings. For many years since, this corpus, called Siarad (Welsh for ‘speak’), as well as two other comparable corpora for Welsh-Spanish and Spanish-English bilingualism, has been available for researchers and the public, and the data has been the source of many studies in the field.

Now a new book has been published from John Benjamins Publishing that chronicles the building of the Siarad corpus and serving as a guide to future researchers who might want to build their own corpus. The volume also describes several of the important linguistic studies that have been performed on the data, by the original project team and others, serving as a milestone in over a decade and a half’s research into bilingualism at Bangor.

In this special event the authors of Building and using the Siarad corpus: Bilingual conversations in Welsh and English, Prof Margaret Deuchar, Dr Peredur Webb-Davies and Dr Kevin Donnelly, will launch their new book via a presentation of some of their key findings relating to code-switching in the speech of Welsh-English bilinguals, showing how the corpus has allowed new insights into the way bilinguals (in Wales and beyond) use language. The online corpus (bangortalk.org.uk) will also be demonstrated and explored, and future directions will be discussed. There will be a chance for questions and answers and a chat with the authors at the end.