noTenTen: Corpus of the Norwegian Web

The Norwegian Web Corpus (noTenTen) is a Norwegian corpus made up of texts collected from the Internet. The corpus belongs to the TenTen corpus family which is a set of the web corpora built using the same method with a target size 10+ billion words. Sketch Engine currently provides access to TenTen corpora in more than 30 languages.

Data was crawled by the SpiderLing web spider in February 2012 and February 2015 with the total size over 2.5 billion words of Bokmål and Nynorsk written standards for the Norwegian language.

Overview of corpus size

In 2016, the whole corpus was divided into two separate corpora according to the written standard for Norwegian:

  • Norwegian Web 2015 (Bokmål) – 1.17 billion words
  • Norwegian Web 2015 (Nynorsk) – 44 million words

Detailed information about TenTen corpora is on the separate page Common TenTen corpora attributes.

Part-of-speech tagset

The czTenTen corpus was POS annotated by with Oslo-Bergen Tagger using this tagset summary.

The tags are available in two corpus attributes:

  • tag – a part of speech
  • tag_attrs – a morphological detail

For instance, where the original tag is “pron ent pers hum nom 1” (pronoun singular personal human nominative 1):

  • tag = “pron”
  • tag_attrs = “ent pers hum nom 1”

Tools to work with the Norwegian Web corpus

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

  • word sketch – Norwegian collocations categorized by grammatical relations
  • thesaurus – synonyms and similar words for every word
  • word lists – lists of Norwegian nouns, verbs, adjectives etc. organized by frequency
  • n-grams – frequency list of multi-word units
  • concordance – examples in context


version 4 (2016)

  • Danish removed
  • Bokmål and Nynorsk separated

version 2 (February 2015)

  • crawled new version – 1.7 billion words

version 1 (21 February 2012)

  • initial version – 770 million tokens


TenTen corpora

Jakubíček, M., Kilgarriff, A., Kovář, V., Rychlý, P., & Suchomel, V. (2013, July). The TenTen corpus family. In 7th International Corpus Linguistics Conference CL (pp. 125-127).

Suchomel, V., & Pomikálek, J. (2012). Efficient web crawling for large text corpora. In Proceedings of the seventh Web as Corpus Workshop (WAC7) (pp. 39-43).

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