Access and Resources

With your own Corpus Query tools

Registered users can download the corpus from the Oxford Text Archive. BASE is listed as resource number 2525. 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 for the lecture portion of the BASE corpus.

With Lextutor

Concordances from an untagged version of the BASE corpus can be created using Lextutor. This is a freely accessible, easy-to-use tool for teachers and learners.

With the EAP Foundation Concordancer

Concordances from an untagged version of the corpus can be created with the concordancer on the EAP Foundation website. This is freely accessible and very easy to use for simple searches.

By subscription

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

The British Academic Spoken English (BASE) corpus and the Michigan Corpus of Academic Spoken English (MICASE) were used for the oral component of this wordlist: 

Browne, C., Culligan, B. & Phillips, J. (2013) A New Academic Wordlist (NAWL)

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