frWaC: French corpus from the .fr domain

The frWaC corpus is a French text corpus collected from the .fr domain with using medium-frequency words from the Le Monde Diplomatique corpus and basic French vocabulary lists as seeds. The corpus consists of French websites with total size 1.3 billion words.

Part-of-speech tagset

The corpus texts were POS tagged with TreeTagger using the following tagset.

Tools to work with the French web corpus

A complete set of Sketch Engine tools is available to work with this French frWaC corpus to generate:

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

version 1.1 (2012/04/13)

  • retagged with UTF-8 TreeTagger models to fix lemmatization
  • improved sentence segmentation

version 1.0

  • POS tagged and lemmatized with the TreeTagger tool

initial version

BARONI, Marco, et al. The WaCky wide web: a collection of very large linguistically processed web-crawled corporaLanguage resources and evaluation, 2009, 43.3: 209-226.

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