Şükriye Ruhi retired from Middle East Technical University as Professor of Linguistics in 2012. She continues to conduct research in pragmatics and is project director of the Spoken Turkish Corpus.Michael Haugh is an Associate Professor in Linguistics and International English at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. His main research interests are in pragmatics and conversation analysis. He has taken a leading role in the establishment of the Australian National Corpus (www.ausnc.org.au), as well as in creating the Griffith Corpus of Spoken Australian English.Thomas Schmidt is Head of the Archive of Spoken German at the Institute for the German Language in Mannheim. His main research interests are in text and corpus technology. He is one of the developers of the EXMARaLDA system (www.exmaralda.org), and is currently in charge of building up the Research and Teaching Corpus of Spoken German (Forschungs- und Lehrkorpus Gesprochenes Deutsch, FOLK).Kai Wörner is currently coordinating all activities related to the curation and archiving of research data at the Faculty of Humanities of the Universität Hamburg. He is also a developer of the EXMARaLDA system and member of the Hamburg Centre for Language Corpora (www.corpora.uni-hamburg.de).