Researchers release largest ever public collection of British conversations

« Language experts at Lancaster University and Cambridge University Press have (…) published the largest ever public collection of transcribed British conversations, totalling 11.5 million words of spontaneous British English collected between 2012 and 2016.

The study has revealed that use of the word ‘like’ at the beginning of sentences has risen substantially in the last few decades, from 160 per million sentences in the 1990s to 625 per million in the 2010s. (…) »