Chinese Simplified is one of the many languages whose text corpora are included in Sketch Engine, a tool for discovering how language works. Sketch Engine is designed for linguists, lexicologists, lexicographers, researchers, translators, terminologists, teachers and students working with Chinese Simplified to easily discover what is typical and frequent in the language and to notice phenomena which would go unnoticed without a large sample of Chinese Simplified text.

Sketch Engine has tools to identify and analyse collocations, synonyms and antonyms, examples of use in context, keywords or terms. Frequency word lists of Chinese Simplified single-word or multi-word expressions of various types can be generated. Even users without any technical knowledge can create their own Chinese Simplified corpus using the Sketch Engine's intuitive built-in tool.

Tools to work with Chinese Simplified text corpora

To work with the Chinese Simplified language, Sketch Engine offers the following tools:

Chinese Simplified Word Sketch

Word Sketch is the easiest way to get an at-a-glance overview of a word’s behaviour. Collocations are displayed in categorized lists to identify strong and weak collocates easily. more»

Available Word Sketches for user corpora: Full-featured Sketch grammar.

Word Sketch difference will compare two word sketches and will indicate which collocates tend to combine with one word or the other. The information can be used to avoid mistakes in word choice or to study the differences between two words with a similar meaning. more»

Chinese Simplified concordance

The concordancer included in Sketch Engine can be used to display a list of examples (called concordance) of the search word or phrase as it appears in Chinese Simplified language text corpora. The search will display the keyword with some context to the right and context to the left of the keyword (KWIC concordance). more»

Chinese Simplified term extraction

Terminology extraction is a feature of Sketch Engine which automatically identifies single-word and multi-word terms in a subject-specific Chinese Simplified text by comparing it to a general Chinese Simplified corpus. The tool is aimed at translators, terminologists, ESP teachers and anyone who needs to deal with domain texts. The screen with results includes links to example sentences and Wikipedia definitions. more»

Bilingual term extraction

Parallel corpora are used to extract terms in two languages simultaneously and display a terminology list with translations into the other language. more»

Chinese Simplified thesaurus

The thesaurus is a feature that automatically generates a list of words similar in meaning to the keyword. more»

Chinese Simplified word lists

The word list feature will generate a frequency list of all words that appear in a text or corpus. A very large corpus can be used to generate a list of all words that exist in Chinese Simplified or all words that start, contain or end with specific characters. Advanced options can be used to generate lists of grammatical categories or parts of speech used in a corpus together with their frequencies. more»

N-grams in Chinese Simplified

Generating a list of N-grams contained in a text makes it possible to identify and study patterns and notice phenomena related to multi-word units (MWU) in Chinese Simplified that cannot be detected by other tools. more»

List of available Chinese Simplified corpora

  • trial – available to both trial users as well as paying subscribers
  • main – only available to paying subscribers
  • on demand – access to the corpus is subject to specific terms, click the corpus name for details
CorpusAccess policySize in words
Chinese GigaWord 2 Corpus: Mainland, simplified main 205,031,379
Chinese Trends (2023–today) trial 21,332,104
Chinese Web 2005 (Internet-ZH, NEUCSP tagger) main 198,205,344
Chinese Web 2011 (zhTenTen11, sample 10M) main 9,012,125
Chinese Web 2011 (zhTenTen11, Stanford tagger) main 1,729,867,455
Chinese Web 2017 (zhTenTen17) Simplified trial 13,531,331,169
Guangwai - Lancaster Chinese Learner Corpus open 1,289,060
Open Parallel Corpus OPUS – Chinese Simplified main 243,427,123
OpenSubtitles 2018 parallel – Chinese Simplified main 119,998,854
United Nations Parallel Corpus (UNPC) – Chinese trial 372,004,482