swWaC: Swahili corpus from the web

The Swahili web corpus (swWaC) is a Swahili corpus made up of texts collected from the Internet. The corpus was prepared according to standards described in the document A Corpus Factory for Many Languages (Kilgarriff et al. at LREC 2010).

Data was crawled by the SpiderLing web spider in 2014. The Swahili corpus consists of 17 million words.

Part-of-speech tagset

The swWaC corpus was tagged by the TreeTagger with the Swahili parameter file using the SWATWOL tagset.

Tools to work with the Swahili corpus

A complete set of Sketch Engine tools is available to work with this Swahili corpus from the web to generate:

  • word sketch – Swahili collocations categorized by grammatical relations
  • thesaurus – synonyms and similar words for every word
  • keywords – terminology extraction of one-word units
  • word lists – lists of Swahili 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

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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