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FYI: Access to the British National Corpus (BNC) at Lancaster University

Author: Sebastian Hoffmann

Linguistic Field(s): Text/Corpus Linguistics

FYI Body: Access to the British National Corpus via BNCweb at Lancaster University:

I would like to announce the availability of a new service hosted at
Lancaster University for accessing the British National Corpus (XML-edition)
via BNCweb. The service is free of charge and available to anybody who
registers with a valid e-mail address.

Since the BNC is a licensed product, certain access restrictions are

- Standard users do not have access to the larger context of individual
concordance lines.

- Query results with more than 5000 matches are automatically
downsampled to 5000 concordance lines. The selection is random but

- The ''Browse a Text'' feature is disabled.

Please note that these restrictions may change at any time without prior

I am also currently investigating the possibility of giving current license
holders of the BNC (XML-version) full access to the corpus via the Lancaster
server. Registered users of BNCweb will be notified of this option by e-mail
once details are available.

URL for signing up: http://bncweb.lancs.ac.uk/bncwebSignup/

BNCweb is freely available Open Source software and can be installed on
your own server. For further information about BNCweb, please visit


The functionality of BNCweb is described in detail in ''Corpus Linguistics
with BNCweb - a Practical Guide'' (Hoffmann, Evert, Smith, Lee & Berglund
Prytz, 2008). A sample chapter and the table of contents can be
downloaded from:


Sebastian Hoffmann

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