taTenTen: Corpus of the Tamil Web

The Tamil Web Corpus (taTenTen) is a Tamil corpus made up of texts collected from the Internet. The corpus belongs to the TenTen corpus family. Sketch Engine currently provides access to TenTen corpora in more than 40 languages. The corpora are built using technology specialized in collecting only linguistically valuable web content.

For detailed information about TenTen corpora, see Common TenTen corpora attributes.

The most recent version of the taTenTen corpus consists of 823 million words. The texts were downloaded between March and April 2021. The sample texts of the biggest web domains which account for 84% of all corpus texts were checked manually and content with poor quality text and spam was removed.

Part-of-speech tagset and stemming

The Tamil Web corpora are part-of-speech tagged with the following tool UD Tamil TTB indicating the part of speech and grammatical category. The corpus texts also contain stemming when each word form from the corpus is assigned to its word stem. In this case, stems replace lemma attributes.

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Sketch Engine offers a range of tools to work with this Tamil corpus.

Overview of Tamil TenTen corpora

These web corpora were crawled and processed repeatedly during the years:

  • Tamil Web corpus 2021 (taTenTen21) – 823 million words

Basic information

Tokens 997,236,873
Words 823,837,031
Sentences 91,869,240
Web pages 2,290,051

Preloaded subcorpora

A list of preloaded subcorpora (based on the top-level domains or genre annotation and topic classification) that are available in the Tamil Web 2021 corpus.

Subcorpus Tokens % of the whole corpus
Indian domain .in 63,188,687 6.336
Tamil Wikipedia 23,757,527 2.382

Tools to work with the Tamil corpora from the web

A complete set of Sketch Engine tools is available to work with these Tamil corpora to generate:

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

Tamil Web 2021 (taTenTen21)

version tatenten21_rft (July 2023)

  • 823 million words
  • further cleaning and spam removing

TenTen corpora

SUCHOMEL, Vít. Better Web Corpora For Corpus Linguistics And NLP. 2020. Available also from: https://is.muni.cz/th/u4rmz/. Doctoral thesis. Masaryk University, Faculty of Informatics, Brno. Supervised by Pavel RYCHLÝ.

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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