International Corpus of English
Dear users of VOICE,

more than a decade after its first launch in 2009, the VOICE Online interface is in need of rejuvenation. We are therefore excited to let you know about VOICE CLARIAH, an interdisciplinary digital humanities project between the Department of English and American Studies at the University of Vienna and the Austrian Centre of Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage at the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

The goal of VOICE CLARIAH is to update the system architecture behind VOICE and to make the VOICE online applications (VOICE Online and VOICE POS Online) fit for stable, long-term use in research and teaching. From spring 2020 to summer 2021, the VOICE CLARIAH team will develop a new updated backend and frontend for VOICE Online, which will include improved features and some expanded search facilities.

As a first intermediate step, the current VOICE Online interface was moved to a new server provided by the Austrian Center for Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. For users of VOICE, this means continued, more stable and reliable access to VOICE Online and VOICE POS Online until the new VOICE Online interface is ready in 2021.

To access VOICE Online click HERE.

To receive updates about the project and the new VOICE interface, please sign up for our newsletter and have a look at the VOICE CLARIAH website.

About VOICE,

the Vienna-Oxford International Corpus of English

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