[Corpora-List] Access to the BNC via BNCweb at Lancaster University

Sebastian Hoffmann s.hoffmann at lancaster.ac.uk
Mon Oct 20 17:55:36 CEST 2008

**************************************************** Access to the BNC via BNCweb at Lancaster University ****************************************************

Following the recent publication of "Corpus Linguistics with BNCweb - a Practical Guide" (Hoffmann, Evert, Smith, Lee & Berglund Prytz, 2008 - https://mailman.uib.no/public/corpora/2008-October/007439.html), I would like to announce the availability of a new service hosted at Lancaster University for accessing the BNC (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.

Best, Sebastian Hoffmann


Dr. Sebastian Hoffmann Department of Linguistics and English Language Bowland College Lancaster University Lancaster LA1 4YT U.K. phone: +44 (0)1524 592254

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