The English Preposition Corpus (TPP) is a text corpus developed with the purpose of showing how prepositions are used in English. Each preposition in the corpus was annotated with additional information about the sense and context. For example, the user can compare the use of the preposition “in” followed by a place and followed by time or only find examples of in followed by a word describing a group of objects or people, e.g. in the team.
The Preposition Corpus comprises 3 corpora annotated according to the Pattern Dictionary of English Prepositions (PDEP) which describes the behavior of prepositions.
Using the corpus
A full set of Sketch Engine features is available to search the corpus.
The easiest way to observe the behavior of a preposition in English is to generate Word Sketch for the preposition. The corpus was compiled with a specific word sketch grammar to exploit the unique annotation.
note: Word Sketches for prepositions are only supported in this corpus. Generating a Word Sketch for a preposition in other corpora will produce empty results.
Word Sketch for preposition in
All standard searches can be used with this corpus. Complex searches are also available using CQL.