chapter  5
Spoken corpus research
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We have already referred a number of times to the findings of spoken corpora, particularly in the general chapters on corpus findings in lexis and grammar. In this chapter, spoken corpus research becomes our main focus for three main reasons:

1 Spoken corpus research is a relatively recent phenomenon and, while an interest in spoken language is not in itself new, it is the advent of discreet modern recording technology that has facilitated insights into spoken language hitherto difficult to access. We need, then, to be able to assess the relevance of these spoken corpus findings for contemporary ELT, particularly in an era when CLT and related methodologies such as TBL, which prioritise speaking skills, dominate the ELT landscape (McCarthy and Carter 2001).