Corpus Linguistics


Students and staff at the University of Portsmouth are offered free access to the following resources:


  • Sketch Engine (free access through the university server).Through Sketch Engine you can access corpora in approximately 35 different languages and including some examples of parallel corpora and corpora of academic English. Staff and post-graduate researchers may request an individual user account from John Williams which will allow them to upload their own corpora.
  • Mark Davies's corpora (open access):
  • Michigan Corpus of Academic Spoken English (MICASE) - Another very useful resource for those interested in EAP.
  • Webcorp - An interface that lets you analyse the web using corpus linguistic tools

Free software for corpus creation, annotation and interrogation

  • AntConc - Free concordance program for Windows, Macintosh OS X, and Linux.Will run on text only files and quite user-friendly.
  • XAIRA - Open source software package which supports indexing and analysis of large XML textual resources. This is a more powerful tool for concordancing and collocate analysis but only runs on XML texts.
  • BootCaT - Free software for creating web corpora. Very easy to use.
  • UAM CorpusTool - A free environment for annotation (and interrogation)of text corpora.Runs under Windows and MacOSX.


  • International Journal of Corpus Linguistics
  • Corpora
  • Corpus linguistics and linguistic theory

Online conference proceedings

Open-access ebooks