SiBol: Corpus of English broadsheet newspapers 1993–2013

The English language newspapers corpus (SiBol) is an English corpus made up of articles collected from various English language newspapers of the years 1993–2013. The SiBol corpus contains around 650 million words in 1.5 million articles from 14 newspapers. The initial version of the corpus, containing UK broadsheets, was created in 2011 and was extended in 2017 to include newspapers from other countries including India, USA, Hong Kong, Nigeria and the Arab world, as well as UK tabloids. The corpus search can be restricted by a specific year, newspaper, author or date.

Part-of-speech tagset

The SiBol corpus was annotated by the TreeTagger tool using the Penn Treebank tagset with Sketch Engine modifications.

Authors of the SiBol corpus

The SiBol corpus was compiled by a small team of linguistics researchers at the Universities of Siena and Bologna.


See graphs describing the distribution of corpus texts according to years and newspaper titles.

Tools to work with the SiBol corpus

A complete set of Sketch Engine tools is available to work with this broadsheet newspapers corpus 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
  • trends – diachronic analysis automatically identifies neologisms and changes in use

version 2.1 (10 July 2017)

  • data added – 768,687 articles from 13 newspapers, including 9 new newspapers.
  • 9 new newspapers include: Daily Mirror, Daily Mail, The New York Times, Washington Post, This Day Lagos, Times of India, Gulf News, Daily News Egypt and South China Morning Post.
  • corpus updated using new English processing pipeline. The format of the corpus is now compatible with current user corpora.

version 1.1 (1 Dec 2011)

  • recompiled, installed at the production server

version 1.1 (9 Nov 2011)

  • changed deduplication settings to “-n 7 -m” – 385 million tokens in 787,000 newspaper articles
  • set name to “SiBol/Port” to better reflect the data collections included

version 1 (31 October 2011)

  • initial version – 332 million tokens in 643,000 newspaper article

Search the SiBol corpus

Sketch Engine offers a range of tools to work with the English broadsheet newspapers corpus.


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