ARCHER 3.2 released!

Posted on December 23, 2013 by

Wondering what corpus to get your nearest and dearest for Christmas? Worry not: thanks to David Denison, Nuria Yáñez-Bouza, and the rest of the consortium, Manchet is happy to announce that ARCHER version 3.2 is now searchable online, and will soon be climbing the Christmas corpus chart in a bid for the seasonal no. 1 spot. Here’s the official announcement:

We are delighted to announce that ARCHER, A Representative Corpus of Historical English Registers, can for the first time be searched by registered users via the internet. The new version 3.2 also incorporates many improvements, including extensive non-linguistic mark-up to modern standards (TEI, XML), expansion of word-count by 84% to 3.3m words, and correction of existing texts and bibliographic information.

The corpus runs from 1600 to 1999, allows comparison of British and American English over a 250-year span, and its multiple genres permit subtle sociohistorical discrimination. The CQPweb search engine is fast and easy to use for simple searches, and it also offers more complex searches and statistical information.

A search engine for ARCHER 3.2 is hosted by Lancaster University on its CQPweb server. The version now made available for searches comprises untagged, original-spelling files. The planned VARDed and CLAWS-tagged version will follow as soon as possible and will be made available to registered users, as will an additional online version hosted at the University of Zurich, tagged with the Treebank tagset and also chunked and parsed with a dependency grammar. Further details (including local access arrangements) are given on the ARCHER project website. For copyright reasons, download context is limited, though adequate for most purposes. Users at one of the 14 consortium universities have local access without limits on context and can consult plain text and XML versions. All versions have identical text and non-linguistic mark-up.

The project is currently coordinated at the University of Manchester. You are invited to visit the ARCHER website for further details of the corpus and the consortium. On the Documentation page, the website has a User Agreement form for you to download. This must be completed and submitted online.