LINGUIST List 16.2838

Mon Oct 03 2005

Software: New resources from the BNC

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        1.    Ylva Berglund, New resources from the BNC

Message 1: New resources from the BNC
Date: 16-Sep-2005
From: Ylva Berglund <>
Subject: New resources from the BNC

New resources from the BNC

We are pleased to announce the release of BNC Baby v 2 - a new CD
containing three English XML corpora (BNC Baby, BNC Sampler and Brown)
along with the latest release of the Xaira corpus search toolkit.

Further information about the CD and how to obtain it can be found below
and at

BNC Baby is intended for use in teaching and learning about language from a
corpus perspective. Xaira is an open source indexing program, developed
specifically to give students the ability to experiment with many kinds of
searching strategies on many kinds of corpora. You can use the software on
the CD to develop your own searchable XML corpora, as well as to search the
sample corpora supplied with it.

The BNC-Baby disk (second edition) contains:
a subset of the British National Corpus. This contains four million-word
samples, representing four major text types in Modern English: informal
conversation, academic prose, fiction, and newspaper text. The texts are
annotated with part-of-speech information and come with detailed metadata.
Documentation of the corpus design and contents, and demonstration
materials for using it in English language teaching is also provided.
The BNC Sampler
a different subset of the British National Corpus. This contains two
million-word samples, representing spoken and written texts. These texts
were all hand-tagged and corrected during production of the BNC.
A Standard Corpus of Present Day Edited American English (Brown)
the original Brown corpus, converted to XML, with POS tagging and lemmata
a new search and retrieval program for use with these - or any other - XML
corpora. The tool will allow you to search the corpora making use of the
metadata and tagging. For more information about Xaira see

Price: 30 per CD
Special offer: Order 10 copies or more at and only pay 10 per CD!
(prices include standard airmail delivery charges but exclude VAT)
Order the CD at:

British National Corpus
Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Computational Linguistics
Language Acquisition
Text/Corpus Linguistics