The facility was initially led by Professor John Sinclair. The most important achievements of the COBUILD project have been the creation and analysis of an electronic corpus of contemporary text, the Collins Corpus, later leading to the development of the Bank of English, and the production of the monolingual learner's dictionary Collins COBUILD English Language Dictionary, again based on the study of the COBUILD corpus and first published in 1987.
A number of other dictionaries and grammars have also been published, all based exclusively on evidence from the Bank of English.
- Rosamund Moon (2009). Words, Grammar, Text: Revisiting the Work of John Sinclair. John Benjamins Publishing Company. ISBN 978-90-272-2248-0.