OCC: Oxford Children’s Corpus

The Oxford Children’s Corpus (OCC) is an English text corpus consisting of language that children likely read (fiction, non-fiction) or texts written by children themselves. This corpus was prepared within the Children’s corpora project developed by Oxford University Press.

More information about the Oxford Chindren’s corpora can be found in the bibliography or at http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2015/01/decide-words-include-childrens-dictionaries/


Access restricted unless special permission granted.

Permission from Oxford University Press is required to get access to the corpus. Researchers may contact the following email: childrenslanguagedata@oup.com. Include information about you and your research project. Please add a note you would like to access the corpus in Sketch Engine, including your user name in Sketch Engine. (This is a manual process that may take several days.)

Part-of-speech tagset

The Oxford Children’s corpora are tagged using the Oxford part-of-speech tagset.

Overview of Oxford corpora in Sketch Engine

  • Oxford Children’s Corpus 2016 (Reading, Writing, Education)
  • Oxford Children’s Corpus 2015 (Reading, Writing)
  • Oxford Children’s Corpus 2014
  • Oxford Children’s Corpus 2013 with BeebOx

Banerji, N., Gupta, V., Kilgarriff, A., & Tugwell, D. Oxford Children’s Corpus: a corpus of children’s writing, reading, and education. Corpus Linguistics 2013, p. 315.

Kate Wild, Adam Kilgarriff, and David Tugwell. The Oxford children’s corpus: Using a children’s corpus in lexicography. International Journal of Lexicography 26, no. 2 (2013): 190–218.

Tools to work with the Oxford Children’s corpora

A complete set of Sketch Engine tools is available to work with these Oxford Children’s corpora 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

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