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Access to the BAWE Corpus


With your own Corpus Query Tools

Registered users can download the corpus from the Oxford Text Archive. BAWE is listed as resource number 2539. To date 1136 copies have been downloaded from this site. The corpus is suitable for use with concordancing programs such as WordSmith and AntConC.

With Sketch Engine Open Access*

The Sketch Engine open access interface will allow you to view concordance lines and surrounding contexts. You can select the files you want to examine by filtering for features contained in the file header (for example you can choose a specific genre family, or the discipline / level / gender / L1 of contributors).

This manual will help you get started with Sketch Engine.

See also:

  • Diana McCarthy's slides from the BAAL Corpus Linguistics SIG event, December 2010.
  • Mat Terrett’s blog ‘Applying Corpus Tools to EAP Instruction’.(August 15, 2016)

By Subscription

Subscribing to Sketch Engine provides access to a number pre-loaded corpora, including BASE and BAWE, and offers a wider range of search features. You can register for a 30-day free trial account.

*Notes about the BAWE corpus in Sketch Engine

This version of the corpus has been prepared by Paul Thompson and Alois Heuboeck at Reading University. The files have been tagged by Paul Rayson at Lancaster University for POS (CLAWS tagset) and for semantic category using WMatrix. The Sketch Engine website describes query options for this version, as some of the BAWE markup has been modified.

BAWE contains 6,506,995 running words, but in SketchEngine the total number of tokens is reported as 8,336,262. This is because the SketchEngine token counts include punctuation.