The American National Corpus: More Than the Web Can Provide
Nancy Ide (Department of Computer Science Vassar College Poughkeepsie, New York 12604-0520 USA)
Randi Reppen (Department of English Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, Arizona USA)
Keith Suderman (Department of Computer Science Vassar College Poughkeepsie, New York 12604-0520 USA)
WO8: Written Corpora
The American National Corpus (ANC) project is developing a corpus comparable to the British National Corpus (BNC), covering American English. Recent interest in the web as a source of corpus materials has caused some in the language processing community to suggest that the development of a corpus of American English is unnecessary. However, we argue that far from being rendered superfluous by the availability of web materials, the ANC is likely to provide a resource for developing web acquisition techniques to support tasks such as genre and language detection and automatic annotation. This paper presents a comparison of the ANC in terms of both content and format with a test corpus compiled from web data, and a discussion of points of intersection and divergence.
Corpus building, World wide web