International Corpus of English

Welcome to VOICE,

the Vienna-Oxford International Corpus of English!

Dear VOICE users,

as many of you will have noticed, the corpus has been affected by intermittent server problems over the last few months. These showed in that the website sometimes loads very slowly and that from time to time it is impossible to access VOICE Online, or to register as a new user. The problems occur erratically and in between everything work perfectly again – but if you need to have the corpus available constantly it would be advisable to download the xml version(s) if you have not already done so.

We realize that these problems are annoying and are therefore preparing migration to a different server. This will be done soon; your working with the corpus should not be affected – except that everything will run smoothly again after migration.

It is important to us that the large and faithful community of VOICE users should not be disappointed. Please bear with us - and remember that we also like to hear from you, especially about what you are using the corpus for. So when you have a moment, drop us a line and let us know!

Best wishes,
Barbara Seidlhofer and all creators of VOICE

In the early 21st century, English in the world finds itself in an “unstable equilibrium”: On the one hand, the majority of the world's English users are not native speakers of the language, but use it as an additional language, as a convenient means for communicative interactions that cannot be conducted in their mother tongues. On the other hand, linguistic descriptions have as yet predominantly been focusing on English as it is spoken and written by its native speakers.

VOICE seeks to redress the balance by providing a sizeable, computer-readable corpus of English as it is spoken by this non-native speaking majority of users in different contexts. These speakers use English successfully on a daily basis all over the world, in their personal, professional or academic lives. We therefore see them primarily not as language learners but as language users in their own right. It is therefore clearly worth finding out just how they use the language. This is exactly what VOICE seeks to make possible.

The VOICE project as such ran from 2005 to 2013, see News