Lancaster-Oslo-Bergen Corpus

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The Lancaster-Oslo/Bergen Corpus (often abbreviated as LOB Corpus) is a million-word collection of British English texts which was compiled in the 1970s in collaboration between the University of Lancaster, the University of Oslo, and the Norwegian Computing Centre for the Humanities, Bergen, to provide a British counterpart to the Brown Corpus compiled by Kucera and Francis for American English in the 1960s.

Its composition was designed to match the original Brown corpus in terms of its size and genres as closely as possible using documents published in the UK by British authors. Both corpora consist of 500 samples each comprising about 2000 words in the following genres:

Label Text category Brown Corpus LOB Corpus
A Press: reportage 44 44
B Press: editorial 27 27
C Press: reviews 17 17
D Religion 17 17
E Skills, trades and hobbies 36 38
F Popular lore 48 44
G Belles lettres, biography, essays 75 77
H Miscellaneous (documents, reports, etc.) 30 30
J Learned and scientific writings 80 80
K General fiction 29 29
L Mystery and detective fiction 24 24
M Science fiction 6 6
N Adventure and western fiction 29 29
P Romance and love story 29 29
R Humour 9 9
Total 500 500


The corpus has been also tagged, i.e. part-of-speech categories have been assigned to every word.

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