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LINGUIST List 19.3030

Mon Oct 06 2008

FYI: The British Academic Written English Corpus (BAWE)

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Message 1: The British Academic Written English Corpus (BAWE)
Date: 06-Oct-2008
From: Hilary Nesi <h.nesicoventry.ac.uk>
Subject: The British Academic Written English Corpus (BAWE)
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We are pleased to announce that the British Academic Written English (BAWE)
corpus is now available to all researchers who register with the Oxford
Text Archive (resource number 2539 http://ota.ahds.ac.uk/headers/2539.xml).

The 6.5 million word corpus was developed with ESRC funding as part of the
project entitled ‘An investigation of genres of assessed writing in British
Higher Education’. It contains 2761 files of proficient student writing,
fairly evenly distributed across four levels of study and four broad
disciplinary areas (Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Life Sciences,
and Physical Sciences). The files are available in three formats: XML
UTF-8, XML ASCII and Plain Text. A spreadsheet providing details of the
holdings and a manual explaining the encoding conventions are included as
part of the deposit.

The BAWE corpus developers welcome use of the corpus for research purposes,
provided that they are informed of any output in the form of dissertations,
theses, presentations or publications arising from its analysis . Use of
the corpus should be acknowledged as follows: ''The data in this study come
from the British Academic Written English (BAWE) corpus, which was
developed at the Universities of Warwick, Reading and Oxford Brookes under
the directorship of Hilary Nesi and Sheena Gardner (formerly of the Centre
for Applied Linguistics [previously called CELTE], Warwick), Paul Thompson
(Department of Applied Linguistics, Reading) and Paul Wickens (Westminster
Institute of Education, Oxford Brookes), with funding from the ESRC
(RES-000-23-0800).''

Please contact Hilary Nesi h.nesicoventry.ac.uk if you have any queries or
would like more information.

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Text/Corpus Linguistics

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