The Corpus de Français Parlé Bruxellois (CFPB) (Corpus of French as spoken in Brussels) is co-led by PI Emmanuelle Labeau (Aston University) and CI Anne Dister (Université Saint Louis - Bruxelles). The project team works in close collaboration with the Corpus de Français Parlé Parisien’s (CFPP2000) team made of Sonia Branca-Rosoff, Serge Fleury, Florence Lefeuvre and Mat Pires

The ultimate aims of the project are to parallel the work done in Paris by the Corpus du français parlé parisien

  1. The constitution of a large open access online French database with search tools;
  2. The development of variationist analyses of common oral communicative French in Brussels (see Branca-Rosoff et al. 2011 for Paris), to contribute to the CFPP2000’s planned variationist grammar of French.
The specific aims of the present pilot study - funded by the British Academy /Leverhulme Small Research Grant: SG121252: Discourse on the city: Corpus of French as spoken in Brussels (2013-2015) -  are to emulate and refine the experience acquired in the Parisian project. Specifically, it will comprise:
  1. The establishment of a collection protocol to gather a corpus of French as it is spoken today in Brussels’ 19 municipalities. The sampling of informants will be based on Labovian variationist principles (Tagliamonte 2006). The semi-directed interview will follow the CFPP2000 guidelines and focus on discourse on the City (see description of the corpus);
  2. The collection and orthographic transcription aligned with sound;
  3. The development of metadata that will allow targeted searches according to the informants’ sociolinguistic profile;
  4. The open-access publication of data that will be accessed through search tools.
  5. The first stage of the project focuses of born and bred French-speaking inhabitants of Brussels. However, it is envisaged to expand the range of informants to better reflect the extreme linguistic diversity of Brussels.