The Helsinki Corpus of English Texts: Diachronic Part

This corpus was compiled at the University of Helsinki, under the direction of Matti Rissanen. It consists of a selection of texts covering the Old, Middle, and Early Modern English periods, in all 242 text files (total 1.5 million words.) See the description in ICAME Journal 13 (1989), pp. 12-15.

<B COPREFCP>                                                                    
<Q O2 XX PREF PRCP>                                                             
<N PREF CP>                                                                     
<A ALFRED>                                                                      
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<K CONTEMP>                                                                     
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<T PREFACE/EPIL>                                                                
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<S SAMPLE X>                                                                    

[^  TEXT:  ALFRED'S PREFACE TO CURA PASTORALIS.                                 
KING ALFRED'S WEST-SAXON VERSION                                                
OF GREGORY'S PASTORAL CARE, PART I.                                             
EARLY ENGLISH TEXT SOCIETY, O.S. 45.                                            
ED. H. SWEET.                                                                   
LONDON, 1958 (1871).                                                            
PP. 3.1 - 9.7  ^]                                                               

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<R 1>                                                                           
[}+DEOS BOC SCEAL TO WIOGORA CEASTRE.}]                                         
+alfred kyning hate+d gretan W+arfer+d biscep his wordum                        
luflice & freondlice;                                                           
<R 2>                                                                           
& +de cy+dan hate +d+at me com swi+de oft on gemynd, hwelce                     
wiotan iu w+aron giond Angelcynn, +ag+der ge godcundra                          
hada ge woruldcundra;                                                           
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The Helsinki Corpus of English Texts: Diachronic Part, WordCruncher version

This in an indexed version of the Helsinki Corpus. It can only be used with WordCruncher.

Most of the material has been described in greater detail in previous issues of ICAME Journal. Prices and technical specifications are given on separate order forms. Note that tagged versions of the Brown Corpus cannot be obtained through ICAME. The same applies to audio tapes for the London-Lund Corpus, the Lancaster/IBM Spoken English Corpus, and the Polytechnic of Wales Corpus.

There are available printed manuals for the LOB Corpus (the original manual and a supplementary manual for the tagged version). Printed manuals for the Brown Corpus cannot be obtained from Bergen. Some information on the London-Lund Corpus is distributed together with copies of the text and the KWIC concordance for the corpus. Users of the London-Lund material are also recommended to consult J. Svartvik (ed.). The London-Lund Corpus: Description and Research, Lund University Press, 1990.

A manual for the Kolhapur Corpus can be ordered from: S.V. Shastri, Department of English, Shivaji University, Vidyanagar, Kolhapur-416006, India. The price of this manual is US $15 (including airmail charges). Payment should be sent along with the order by cheque or international postal order drawn in favour of The Registrar, Shivaji University, Kolhapur.


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