CED: English Corpus from dialogues 1560–1760

The Corpus of English Dialogues 1560–1760 (CED) is an English corpus made up of English historical texts. The corpus was released in spring 2006 and consists of 1.2 million words of dialogues of Early Modern English speech-related texts. The corpus compilation was prepared by  Merja Kytö and Jonathan Culpeper, in collaboration with Terry Walker and Dawn Archer, at Uppsala and Lancaster Universities.

For more information see this document (taken from the original web page) or buy the book Guide A Corpus of English Dialogues 1560-1760.

Access policy

To get access, please fill in and sign the CED User Agreement, scan it and send it to Merja Kytö (merja.kyto(a)engelska.uu.se) with a note you would like to access the corpus in Sketch Engine. Include your username in Sketch Engine. (This is a manual process that may take several days.)

 Terms and conditions

(from CED User Agreement, download as pdf file)

  • The material drawn from A Corpus of English Dialogues 1560–1760, whether in printed, electronic, or any other form, is intended for the said registered user only and may not be distributed, or transferred to a third party.
  • Publications making use of A Corpus of English Dialogues 1560–1760 shall include a reference to the name of the corpus, the year of release, and the compilers, as set forth below:

A Corpus of English Dialogues 1560—1760. 2006. Compiled under the supervision of Merja Kyto (Uppsala University) and Jonathan Culpeper (Lancaster University).

Part-of-speech tagset

The CED corpus was tagged by TreeTagger using the Penn TreeBank tagset.

Tools to work with the Corpus of English Dialogues

A complete set of tools is available to work with this English dialogues corpus to generate:

  • word sketch – English collocations categorized by grammatical relations
  • thesaurus – synonyms and similar words for every word
  • keywords– terminology extraction of one-word and multi-word units
  • word lists – lists of English nouns, verbs, adjectives etc. organized by frequency
  • n-grams – frequency list of multi-word units
  • concordance – examples in context
  • text type analysis – statistics of metadata in the corpus

Kytö, Merja, and Terry Walker. Guide to A corpus of English dialogues 1560-1760. Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2006.

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