Eighteenth-century Corpora

I hope somebody can answer the following question:

How many English (historical) corpora are there at the moment?

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  1. sam

    Here’s one site which lists corpora: http://www.corpus-linguistics.de/

    There are also plenty of electronic text collections – here’s an extensive list for the 18th century: http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/18th/etext.html

  2. Anni

    I don’t know about the number of historical corpora either, but I could add these to Anita’s list: The Helsinki Corpus of English Texts and The Helsinki Corpus of Older Scots (HCOS) (both available through ICAME and OTA), and The Corpus of Early English Correspondence (available through ICAME and OTA only as sampler version). There’s also an ongoing project called the Salem Witchcraft Papers Project.

  3. Anita

    I am not exactly sure how many corpora exist but these are the ones I know of: (a) ARCHER (University of Northern Arizona); (b) Zurich English Newspapers (ZEN); (c) Corpus of late 18c prose – http://ling.man.ac.uk/Info/staff/dd/late18c.htm#format; (d) Jane Austen’s letters (OTA); (e) Novels of Jane Austen (OTA).

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