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April 24th, 2009
Marie-Luise Pitzl is awarded the Young Researchers Prize of English Studies in Austria (Nachwuchspreis der österreichischen Anglistik) in Linguistics for her article '"We should not wake up any dogs": Idiom and metaphor in ELF' at the University of Salzburg.
April 6th-8th, 2009
Barbara Seidlhofer holds a plenary at the 2nd International Conference of English as a Lingua Franca in Southhampton, UK. Angelika Breiteneder, Theresa Klimpfinger and Marie-Luise Pitzl give individual papers on different ELF topics (see Presentations).
March 12th, 2009
Barbara Seidlhofer holds a plenary at the 15th International TESOL Arabia Conference in Dubai (see Presentations).
January 29th, 2009
Theresa Klimpfinger and Stefan Majewski present the VOICE transription software VoiceScribe at the first annual meeting of the Centre of Linguistics and Audiovisual Documentation (LAVD) at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (see Presentations).
December 5th, 2008
Angelika Breiteneder, Theresa Klimpfinger, Stefan Majewski and Marie-Luise Pitzl present the VOICE Project at the VERBAL Workshop CLARIN (Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure) (see Presentations).
November 24th - December 12th, 2008
VOICE 1.0 Online is tested by several researchers at the Department of English, University of Vienna as part of pre-release trial runs.
November 13-14th, 2008
Barbara Seidlhofer holds a plenary at TESOL – Italy's 33rd National Convention in Rome (see Presentations).
October 16th, 2008
An interview with Barbara Seidlhofer is broadcast on Austrian radio 1 (Ö1) as part of the programme 'Dimensions – The scientific world'.
October 8th-11th, 2008
Barbara Seidlhofer contributes to a workshop on 'Second-language varieties and learner Englishes' at the First Triennial Conference of the International Society for the Linguistics of English in Freiburg, Germany (see Presentations).
August 25th-29th, 2008
Barbara Seidlhofer convenes a symposium on ‘Reconciling multilingualism with English as a lingua franca: realistic policy or wishful thinking?’ at the 15th World Congress of Applied Linguistics (AILA 2008) in Essen, Germany. Angelika Breiteneder and Marie-Luise Pitzl give an individual paper on ‘A VOICE for ELF in Europe: introducing a new resource’ (for both see Presentations).
June 26th-29th, 2008
Barbara Seidlhofer holds a plenary at the 9th International Conference of the Association for Language Awareness in Hong Kong. Angelika Breiteneder, Marie-Luise Pitzl and Barbara Seidlhofer organise a plenary follow-up session on the 'focus on ELF in VOICE' (see Presentations).
June 21st, 2008
Barbara Seidlhofer is invited to contribute to a Round Table at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. Angelika Breiteneder and Marie-Luise Pitzl hold a paper on 'ELF in European university contexts' (see Presentations).
June 18th-20th, 2008
Barbara Seidlhofer contributes to a featured colloquium on English as a Lingua Franca at the International Conference on Language Issues in English-medium Universities in Hong Kong. (see Presentations).
April 1st, 2008
An interview with Barbara Seidlhofer appears in the German news magazine Der Spiegel.
March 6th-8th, 2008
Barbara Seidlhofer holds a plenary at The First International Conference of English as a Lingua Franca (ELF Forum) in Helsinki, Finland. Angelika Breiteneder, Marie-Luise Pitzl and Theresa Klimpfinger give individual papers on different ELF topics (see Presentations).
February 14th-16th, 2008
Barbara Seidlhofer holds a plenary at the International Conference on Global English (GlobEng) in Verona, Italy.
November 12th, 2007

Barbara Seidlhofer and her team members Angelika Breiteneder, Theresa Klimpfinger, Stefan Majewski and Marie-Luise Pitzl are delighted to announce that the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) has accepted their proposal for an extension of VOICE and has awarded a greatly increased grant to enable us to continue the work of the project for a further three years. This will make it possible for us to increase the usability of the corpus for a range of different purposes, which will contribute to a more thorough understanding and empirical description of English as a lingua franca.

The work on VOICE1 will be completed by the end of May 2008 and we are already preparing for a release of the corpus as soon as possible after that.

October 4th-6th, 2007
Barbara Seidlhofer and Angelika Breiteneder give papers on different ELF topics at the International Association for World Englishes (IAWE) 13th Annual Conference in Regensburg, Germany (see Presentations)
September 7th, 2007

The first public release of VoiceScribe is made freely available.

VoiceScribe was developed to meet the particular need for suitably edited transcripts for inclusion in the VOICE corpus. It is now released to the public in the belief that it will prove useful for more general application.

When the VOICE Project was granted public funding in 2005, the need to make the process of transcribing more reliable became more vital as more transcribers would be needed. Thus, the Transcription Conventions were reworked and formalised and VoiceScribe subsequently developed to help transcribers adhere to the conventions and make transcription more efficient by providing visual feedback and the possibility to control audio playback without having to switch programs.

July 4th-6th, 2007

The VOICE Symposium takes place in Vienna. A number of colleagues have been invited to discuss work in progress and directions for the future. The participants working with the VOICE team:

Annelie Ädel (University of Michigan), Guy Aston (University of Bologna), Ronald Carter (University of Nottingham), Jennifer Jenkins (University of Southampton), Gunther Kaltenböck (University of Vienna), Anna Mauranen, (University of Helsinki), Miriam Meyerhoff (University of Edinburgh), Henry Widdowson (University of Vienna), Cristina Whitecross (Oxford University Press), Martin Wynne (Oxford Text Archive).

The VOICE team would like to express their thanks to the Österreichische Forschungsgesellschaft (ÖFG) for their financial contribution to the VOICE Symposium.

July 8th-13th, 2007
Barbara Seidlhofer, Marie-Luise Pitzl and Julia Lichtkoppler give papers on different ELF topics at the 10th International Pragmatics Conference (IPrA) in Göteborg, Sweden (see Presentations).
June 25th, 2007
After thorough discussions and further refinement over the last couple of months, the VOICE Transcription Conventions [Version 2.1] are available now.
April 18th, 2007
For all those interested in a German article about VOICE, have a look at the April issue of the University of Vienna's research newsletter.
February 13th, 2007
Stefan Majewski takes part in a training day on TEI at Oxford University Computing Services, supervised by Lou Burnard and Sebastian Rahtz.
December 11th-13th, 2006
The VOICE Team records several workshops and group discussions at an international conference on youth policy making in Vienna.
November 15th, 2006
Angelika Breiteneder travels to Amsterdam to record study group meetings of international students at Hogeschool INHOLLAND University.
November 7th-15th, 2006
Barbara Seidlhofer travels to Asia to give talks on 'English as a lingua franca and its implications for language pedagogy' and 'English as an international lingua franca: new concepts, new priorities' in Guangzhou and Hong Kong.
October 25th-28th, 2006
As part of a final data gathering initiative, the members of the VOICE Team join the UNICA Student Conference in Paris and make further recordings of ELF conversations for the VOICE corpus. We would like to thank the conference participants for supporting our research efforts.
July 10th, 2006:
Kathrin Kordon goes on maternity leave and Julia Lichtkoppler starts working as an assistant to Barbara Seidlhofer. In this capacity she will be supporting the VOICE team in the preparation of data for the corpus.
March 1st, 2006:
Kathrin Kordon starts working as an assistant to Barbara Seidlhofer. She will support the VOICE team in the collection of data.
February 1st, 2006:
OPEN AFTERNOON to mark the appointment of Dr. Barbara Seidlhofer to a chair in the Department of English with a demonstration of current work including VOICE.
November 1st, 2005:
Theresa Klimpfinger joins the VOICE team. She will mainly work on checking and redrafting transcripts.
October 5th, 2005:
The completely refurbished and enhanced VOICE homepage goes online!
September, 14th 2005:
After thorough redrafting and refinement over the last couple of months, the new VOICE Transcription Conventions [Version 2.0] are available. For the first time, the VOICE Transcription Conventions [2.0] also include VOICE spelling conventions specifically adapted to represent the specific nature of ELF.
June 1st, 2005:
The VOICE project is launched into a new phase! A 3-year grant from the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) allows the project director Barbara Seidlhofer to employ three research assistants. Angelika Breiteneder and Marie-Luise Pitzl are engaged in tasks like data collection, documentation and transcription as well as research and external communication. Stefan Majewski is mostly concerned with conversion and storage of data as well as other computational aspects involved in building a corpus.