British Academic Written English Corpus


British Academic Written English Corpus


Nesi, Hilary; Gardner, Sheena; Thompson, Paul; Wickens, Paul


Distributed by the University of Oxford under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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Editorial Practice

Encoding format: TEI XML

OTA keywords

Linguistic corpora

LC keywords

Linguistics analysis (Linguistics)

  • designation: CollectionText
  • size: 206 files: ca. 61.9 MB
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Source Description

The original assignments are held anonymised as PDF documents by the project team.


The BAWE corpus contains 2761 pieces of proficient assessed student writing, ranging in length from about 500 words to about 5000 words. Holdings are fairly evenly distributed across four broad disciplinary areas (Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Life Sciences and Physical Sciences) adn across four levels of study (undergraduate and taught masters level). Thirty-five disciplines are represented. The assignments have been annotated using a system devised in accordance with the TEI guidelines. There is a dtd file which must be kept in the same folder as the corpus files, named tei_bawe.dtd and the holdings are described in an Excel spreadsheet 'BAWE.xls'. The transcription and mark-up conventions are described in the BAWE manual document, which is in PDF format.

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