Digital language resources in Oxford

1. Resources available online in Oxford

Below is a list of some of the resources for which groups within Oxford have licences, and to which students and staff have access.

The University of Oxford has licences for 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2013 for the Linguistic Data Consortium. Take a look at their catalogue, and if there is something there that you are interested in, and you don't see it in the list below, please get in touch with Martin Wynne. Thanks to OUP who paid for the 2009 licence in full for the University, ComLab who paid for the 2010 licence, and the Phonetics Laboratory for 2013. The following resources have been downloaded from the LDC and are now available online from IT Services for Oxford users. Consult the LDC catalogue for the full list of what is available, and get in touch with martin.wynne at Please note that you are bound by the terms and conditions of the user agreements associated with each of these resources, which can be found on the LDC website.

If the files are too big for you to download over the web, get in touch.

2. Resources available via CLARIN

The UK is a member of the CLARIN European Research Infrastructure Consortium, which offers easy access to language data and tools for research in the humanities and social sciences. The latest up to date information on activities and resources can be found at CLARIN website. The University of Oxford is home to the co-ordination of the CLARIN-UK Consortium.

Certain resources have restricted access but are now accessible to authenticated users from Oxford - see the following page:

These include resources in Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, German, Norwegian, and online interfaces to a number of other languages via the Corpuscle archive at the University of Bergen, including Abkhazian, Bulgarian, Older Scots, Persian, Solvenian, among others. In most cases, you need to log in to the sites listed at CLARIN protected resources via following the link to 'Log in via your institution' or 'EduGAIN', or simply 'Log in', and you will be redirected to WebAuth.

These resources represent just a small fraction of the numerous resources discoverable or made available via CLARIN, and which openly available to any user, or require other steps to obtain permission to use the resources. The full picture can be seen via the Virtual Language Observatory, where you can search for the language or resource type of your choice:

A small selection of open access online corpora and lexical resources offered by CLARIN, including resources in Czech, Dutch, Finnish, German and Swedish is also offered at:

The members of the CLARIN-UK Consortium also offer a number of important resources which are available to users in Oxford:

3. Other corpus resources at the University of Oxford

There are further corpora, copies of which may be available in Oxford, but under a variety of different licensing and access arrangements (often on optical disk). Please get in touch to add to the list. For these resources, contact Martin Wynne unless otherwise stated.

  • BNC XML version, BNC Baby (sampler on one CD)
  • Corpus of Spoken Dutch
  • Corpus of Spoken Japanese
  • IPI-PAN corpus of Polish
  • COLT Corpus of London Teenagers' Speech
  • Gesprochenes Jiddisch Textzeugen einer Europäisch-jüdischen Kultur
  • ICAME corpus collection
  • East meets West: a compendium of multilingual resources (the TELRI CD, parallel aligned corpora in many European languages)
Further sources for help and advice:
  • An informal interest group in corpus linguistics meets termly. Subscribe to the mailing list here
  • A course in Corpus Linguistics is held at IT Services in Hilary Term each year, usually Thursdays 12:30 to 13:30 - more details here (look for session names starting with 'Corpus').
  • Developing Linguistic Corpora: a free online guide to good practice in creating a corpus

5. Support services in Oxford

IT Services can provide advice and consultancy to members of the University on issues relating to :

  • Discovering, creating and using digital resources
  • Licensing issues relating to digital resources
  • Connecting your project or resources with national and international infrastructures
  • Writing the Technical Plan of an AHRC Research Grant application
  • Planning a digital project
  • Research data management
  • Data and information visualization
  • Text encoding
  • Corpus linguistics

See the research support pages at IT Services for more information.

The Bodleian Library can also advise on many aspects of discovery and use of linguistic resources.