Collections and Archives

LDC Corpora

The BLC is the Berkeley campus repository for various corpora, in particular those from the Linguistic Data Consortium. CalNet ID required. Corpora can be found here.

Applied Linguistics Library

The BLC contains a library of books and other print materials on language teaching methodology, second language acquisition, and sociolinguistics.  You can search the catalogue here and electronically check out a book. To retrieve the book please contact the BLC Associate Director Emily Hellmich ( and include the title and call number.

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Language Learning Media

Instructional media (mostly audio and including a growing number of video recordings and other multimedia) in more than 90 languages. Many items in this collection are textbook components adopted for first- and second-year college-level language courses.

→Berkeley students with passwords obtained from their instructors may use streaming audio on the BLC website, Online Lessons.

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California Language Archive

Formerly known as the Audio Archive of Linguistic Field Work, these materials are now incorporated into the California Language Archive. The CLA contains the audio recordings of field work, including linguistic data, stories, songs and chants, and other material in about 90 endangered languages, deposited at the Berkeley Language Center, as well as the field notes deposited at the Survey of California and Other Indian Languages. This project is supported with funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Preservation and Access Award, 2004.

→ There are more than 200 collections of audio materials in the CLA. Streaming audio to most materials is available at the CLA site.

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Audio Archive of UC Berkeley Lectures and Events

Archival sound recordings of selected University-sponsored lectures, poetry readings, public addresses and colloquia dating from the 1960s through the late 1990s; including many notable speakers and a wide range of topics. Some samples from this archive are available through a collaborative project with the Media Resource Center, Moffit Library. At present this archive continues to record and preserve campus lectures sponsored by the UC Berkeley Graduate Council and others.

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