At 14 billion words, iWeb is more than 25 times as large as the 560 million word COCA corpus. iWeb also has a much wider range of web-based materials than does COCA, since it is based on 22 million web pages in nearly 100,000 carefully selected websites (based on Alexa.com<https://www.alexa.com/topsites>, from Amazon).
New in iWeb is the ability to browse through the top 60,000 words in the corpus, and to search this list by word form, part of speech, rank (#1-60,000), and even pronunciation.
Most importantly, you can then see detailed information on each of the top 60,000 words in the corpus – definition, frequency information, synonyms and other related words (from WordNet, word families, MRC, etc), collocates (in a much improved format), related “topics” (perhaps much more useful than collocates), “clusters” (new in iWeb), relevant websites, and sample concordance/KWIC lines. Extensive hyperlinks allow you to easily and quickly move from one word to a number of related words.
In addition, for each of these 60,000 words, there are “quick links” to related data from other websites – pronunciation, additional definitions, images, videos, and translations (for more than 100 languages).
Finally, in terms of “standard” corpus searches, we note that (due to improvements in the corpus architecture) iWeb is faster than any of the other BYU corpora, and it is typically much faster than other large, 10-20 billion word online corpora. iWeb also allows you to quickly and easily create “virtual corpora” on nearly any topic, and these virtual corpora can then be searched as their own “stand-alone” corpora, or compared to other virtual corpora that you have created.
For a short overview of the corpus (in graphical format, with an emphasis on the new features), please see:
We hope that this new corpus is useful to you in your teaching, learning, and research.
Professor of Linguistics / Brigham Young University
** Corpus design and use // Linguistic databases **
** Historical linguistics // Language variation **
** English, Spanish, and Portuguese **
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