The "up" corpus: A corpus of speech samples across adulthood

Susanne Gahl*, Emily Cibelli, Kathleen Hall, Ronald Sprouse

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We describe a speech corpus based on the "Up" series of documentary films by director Michael Apted, showing a set of individuals at seven year intervals over a period of 42 years. The corpus is meant to facilitate phonetic, psycholinguistic and sociolinguistic research on age-related change in speech during young and middle-age adulthood. The corpus contains audio files, transcripts time-aligned at the level of utterance, word, and segment, F0 and vowel formant measurements of portions of the films, featuring eleven participants at ages 21 through 49. The corpus is freely available to researchers upon request.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)315-328
Number of pages14
JournalCorpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 1 2014


  • Michael Apted (director)
  • Sociolinguistics
  • aging
  • corpora
  • language development
  • speaking tempo
  • talker age
  • talker variability
  • vocal aging
  • vowel formants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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