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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
implemented:

- 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
reproducible.

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

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

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

http://bncweb.info

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:

http://bncweb.info

Best,
Sebastian Hoffmann

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