LINGUIST List 26.5333

Mon Nov 30 2015

FYI: Corpus of 18C-19C Letters from Hamilton Papers

Editor for this issue: Ashley Parker <>

Date: 27-Nov-2015
From: David Denison <>
Subject: Corpus of 18C-19C Letters from Hamilton Papers
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Letters carefully transliterated from the Mary Hamilton Papers in the John Rylands Library are freely available to any interested reader. The corpus currently stands at 161 letters dated 1764-1819 – over 70,000 words of text. The Image to Text project website ( displays each letter with mouse-over notes and clarifications alongside a high-quality image of the original letter, plus metadata. The site works best with Chrome or Firefox. The content will be of interest to historians, students of English letter-writing, and historical linguists.

For offline research, including corpus searches or systematic use of metadata, we are happy to supply a zip archive of fully compliant TEI/XML files plus a zip of plain text versions, a frequency list of word forms in the corpus and a table of word counts per letter. The corpus is for non-commercial use, is free, and is being added to each year. Please see the website for a short online registration form.

Apologies for cross-posting.
David Denison and Nuria Yáñez-Bouza

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

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