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FYI: Access to the British National Corpus (BNC) at Lancaster University


Author: Sebastian Hoffmann

Linguistic Field(s): Text/Corpus Linguistics

FYI Body: ACCESS TO THE BRITISH NATIONAL CORPUS 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.

- 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 FUNCTIONALITY OF BNCWEB IS DESCRIBED IN DETAIL IN ''CORPUS LINGUISTICS
WITH BNCWEB - A PRACTICAL GUIDE'' (HOFFMANN, EVERT, SMITH, LEE & BERGLUND
PRYTZ, 2008). A SAMPLE CHAPTER AND THE TABLE OF CONTENTS CAN BE
DOWNLOADED FROM:

HTTP://BNCWEB.INFO

BEST,
SEBASTIAN HOFFMANN