hebWaC: Hebrew web corpus

The Hebrew web corpus (hebWaC) is a Hebrew corpus made up of texts collected from the Internet. This Hebrew corpus is a domain-independent web corpus consists of newspapers pages, blog posts, commercial websites, etc. A final size of the corpus is 47 million words.

The corpus was prepared according to standards described in the document A Corpus Factory for Many Languages (Kilgarriff et al. at LREC 2010).

Part-of-speech tagset

The heWaC corpus was tagged and uses the following Hebrew POS tagset summary.

Tools to work with the Hebrew corpus

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

  • word sketch – Hebrew collocations categorized by grammatical relations
  • thesaurus – synonyms and similar words for every word
  • word lists – lists of Hebrew 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


  • computed word sketches

July 2013

  • initial version without word sketches

Corpus factory method

Kilgarriff, A., Reddy, S., Pomikálek, J., & Avinesh, P. V. S. (2010, May). A corpus factory for many languages. In LREC.

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