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FYI: Access to the British National Corpus


Author: Sebastian Hoffmann

Linguistic Field(s): Text/Corpus Linguistics

FYI Body: ACCESS TO THE BNC 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 - ONLY A SINGLE S-UNIT CAN BE ACCESSED AT A TIME.
- 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 FEATURES OF BNCWEB ARE DESCRIBED IN DETAIL IN ''CORPUS LINGUISTICS WITH
BNCWEB - A PRACTICAL GUIDE'' (HOFFMANN, EVERT, SMITH, LEE & BERGLUND PRYTZ;
PETER LANG, 2008). THE TABLE OF CONTENTS, A SAMPLE EXTRACT (CHAPTER 1) AND
AN ELECTRONIC FLYER ARE AVAILABLE FROM HTTP://BNCWEB.INFO.

BEST,
SEBASTIAN HOFFMANN