zhTenTen: Corpus of the Chinese Web

The Chinese Web Corpus (zhTenTen) is a Chinese corpus made up of texts collected from the Internet. The corpus belongs to the TenTen corpus family which is a set of the web corpora built using the same method with a target size 10+ billion words. Sketch Engine currently provides access to TenTen corpora in more than 30 languages.

Data was crawled by the SpiderLing web spider in April and May 2011 and comprise of more than 1.7 billion words in 2.5 million documents. The corpus was processed with Stanford Chinese Word Segmenter and word sketch grammar was prepared by Ondřej Svoboda in autumn 2016.

Detailed information about TenTen corpora is on the separate page Common TenTen corpora attributes.

Part-of-speech tagset

The zhTenTen corpus was POS annotated by the Stanford Log-linear Part-Of-Speech Tagger using Chinese Penn TreeBank, see the tagset legend.

zhTenTen corpus in detail

The chart shows the distribution of the parts of speech in the Chinese Web corpus 2011.

Basic information

Tokens 2 107
Words 1 730
Sentences 73
Web pages 3

* the figures above are rounded to million

Tools to work with the Chinese corpus

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

  • word sketch – Chinese collocations categorized by grammatical relations
  • thesaurus – synonyms and similar words for every word
  • word lists – lists of Chinese nouns, verbs, adjectives etc. organized by frequency
  • n-grams – frequency list of multi-word units
  • concordance – examples in context


February 2017

  • new word sketch grammar prepared by Ondřej Svoboda

October 2016

  • created preloaded subcorpora

2nd December 2011

  • initial version – 1.7 billion words


TenTen corpora

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).

Other relating bibliographic references

Kilgarriff, A., Keng, N., & Smith, S. (2015). Learning Chinese with the Sketch Engine. In Corpus Linguistics in Chinese Contexts (pp. 63-73). Palgrave Macmillan UK.

Shih, M. H., & Hsieh, S. K. (2014). Sketching the Dependency Relations of Words in Chinese. ROCLING XXVI (2014), 139.

Search the Chinese corpus

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

Other Chinese corpora

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