The SAMUELS project (grant reference AH/L010062/1) released a corpus composed by UK House of Commons and Lords debates from 1803 to 2005 with a grammatical and semantic annotation (www.hansard-corpus.org) based on the Historical Thesaurus Semantic Tagger (Piao, Dallachy, Baron, Rayson & Alexander, 2014; Alexander, Dallachy, Piao, Baron & Rayson, 2015). The corpus and interface are designed for a specialist audience related to the corpus linguistics field. This means that a level of expertise is required to carry out complex queries that include semantic annotation.Parliamentary debates are also available using the official UK Parliamentsite (https://hansard.parliament.uk) which allows users to search specific debates and members of parliament but does not allow for searches based on linguistic parameters that may discover patterns of debate to interest some users who lack the requisite expertise to search in the SAMUELS corpus.
One of the main goals of the Hansard at Huddersfield project is to bring corpus linguistic methods to the general public in an easy and straightforward manner. So, we are trying to overcome the weaknesses (for the general end-user)of the previously mentioned websites: required expertise in the Hansard Corpus and the lack of corpus linguistics methods on the official Hansard website. To achieve this, first we carried out a series of consultations with potential users such as politicians, journalists or historians, in order to establish the optimum set of searches and functionalities that they demand as an alternative to the current Hansard website. To make corpus linguistic methods easy to use and understand we make use of visualisations that allow us to explain results of common corpus linguistics functions such as keywords, list of frequencies or collocations in a visually appealing way.
|15 May 2019
|XI International Conference on Corpus Linguistics: Corpus Approaches to Discourse Analysis
|Degree of Recognition