As a part of the ORAAL project we have developed the first public corpus of AAL data, the Corpus of Regional African American Language (CORAAL). CORAAL features recorded speech from regional varieties of AAL and includes the audio recordings along with time-aligned orthographic transcription.
CORAAL is a long-term corpus-building project conceived of in terms of several components. The first two components of CORAAL focus on AAL in Washington DC, the nation’s capital, a city with a long-standing African American majority, and the site of much early research on AAL (e.g. Fasold 1972). These data – over 100 sociolinguistic interviews with AAL speakers in DC born between 1891 and 2005 – have been anonymized and orthographically transcribed with time-alignment at the utterance level. Audio is available in high-quality uncompressed (.wav) format, and transcripts are available in three formats, Praat TextGrid (.TextGrid) files, ELAN (.eaf) files, and as plain text (.txt) files with tab-delimited fields.
CORAAL is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (4.0) International license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/). It is available for free and is downloadable from the above link.
More information is available in the User Guide, and we suggest you read that document for full information about the corpus.
Updates to CORAAL are planned approximately quarterly, beginning in April 2018. The first planned update will include some additional speakers for CORAAL:DCB and our first supplement, 14 sociolinguistic interviews from a rural African American community in central North Carolina.
CORAAL:DC is made possible by generous data sharing by Ralph Fasold, whose data collected for his foundational (1972) book Tense Marking in Black English forms the basis for CORAAL:DCA. As for the ORAAL project, CORAAL was developed with support from the National Science Foundation (Grant No. BCS-1358724), and the University of Oregon.
How to cite CORAAL
Kendall, Tyler and Charlie Farrington. 2017. The Corpus of Regional African American Language. Version 2018.01.06. Eugene, OR: The Online Resources for African American Language Project. http://oraal.uoregon.edu/coraal
See the CORAAL User Guide for information about citing CORAAL’s individual components.
Contact the CORAAL team
Contact the CORAAL development team with any questions or comments about CORAAL.