ACWME is available free of charge for use by individuals or groups who have a bona fide interest in researching linguistic variation and not for profit. Individuals and groups may include:

  • academic researchers in linguistics and related disciplines such as anthropology, cultural studies, ethnography, performance arts, social history and sociology;
  • language and historical societies;
  • the media in non-commercial applications;
  • individuals who may not be academic researchers, but who have a serious interest in linguistic variation in the West Midlands region of the UK.   

The ACWME corpus comprises a data base of sound recordings,  accompanying transcriptions and contextual notes of performances, interviews with performers, members of the audience and local and national celebrities between 2009 and 2012 made in: Birmingham, The Black Country; Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and  Worcestershire.

Transcription conventions used can be found here

A separate zip file for each of the six regions (with an additional one for Birmingham) includes: 

  • the sound files as WAV or MP3
  • contextual notes
  • orthographic transcripts of at least one performance using EXMARaLDA software and in some cases, with variation marked in IPA. EXMARaLDA is software freely available via http://www.exmaralda.org/

EXMARaLDA stands for "Extensible Markup Language for Discourse Annotation” developed by the University of Hamburg.

Key advantages of EXMARaLDA are:

  • data is stored as XML file based formats;
  • All software tools for the creation and processing of data are  JAVA applications, and will thus run on popular operating systems (Windows, Macintosh, Linux,Unix);
  • EXMARaLDA has been designed to ensure maximum interchange and reusability of data transcription. The .exb extension is compatible with .xml.


 Each zip file is accompanied with a file containing biographical information and additional information about EXMARaLDA.

 The ACWME corpus can be accessed by completing the access form.


Links and Resources

Links and Resources