Bergen Corpus of London Teenage Language

The Bergen Corpus of London Teenage Language (COLT) is a data set of samples of spoken English that was compiled in 1993 from tape recorded and transcribed conversations by teens between the ages of 13 and 17 in London schools.[1][2] This corpus, which has been tagged for part of speech using the CLAWS 6 tagset, is one of the linguistic research projects housed at the University of Bergen in Norway[3]. Linguistic analysis based on this corpus material has appeared in the book Trends in Teenage Talk[4] and later journal articles.[5][6]


  1. "COLT Summary" (PDF). Retrieved March 29, 2015.
  2. González-Díaz, Victorina (2008). English Adjective Comparison: A Historical Perspective. John Benjamins. p. 9.
  3. "COLT: The Bergen Corpus of London Teenage Talk". November 20, 2003. Retrieved March 29, 2015.
  4. Stenström, Anna-Brita; et al. (2002). Trends in Teenage Talk. John Benjamins.
  5. Palacios Martínez, Ignacio M. (2011). "The Language of British Teenagers. A Preliminary Study of its Main Grammatical Features" (PDF). Journal of the Spanish Association of Anglo-American Studies. Retrieved March 29, 2015.
  6. Palacios Martinez, Ignacio (2010). "The Expression of Negation in British Teenagers' Language: A Preliminary Study". Journal of English Linguistics.

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