PennHistEn: Penn Parsed Corpora of Historical English
The Penn Parsed Corpus of Historical English (PennHistEn) is an English corpus made up of English historical texts. This page relates to the PennHistEn version for Sketch Engine. The original collection is distributed by University of Pennsylvania. Penn Historical Corpora is a collection of historical English texts ranging from Middle English to Modern British English (mid 12th to early 20th century).
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The Penn Corpora of Historical English, including the Penn-Helsinki Parsed Corpus of Middle English, second edition (PPCME2), the Penn-Helsinki Parsed Corpus of Early Modern English (PPCEME), and the Penn Parsed Corpus of Modern British English (PPCMBE), are running texts and text samples of British English prose across its history – from the earliest Middle English documents up to the First World War. The texts come in three forms: simple text, part-of-speech tagged text and syntactically annotated text. The syntactic annotation (parsing) permits searching not only for words and word sequences, but also for syntactic structure. All of the annotation has been carefully checked by expert human annotators for accuracy and consistency. The corpora are designed for the use of students and scholars of the history of English, especially the historical syntax of the language, and they are publicly available to individuals, research groups and libraries.