The corpora at this site were created by Mark Davies, Professor of Linguistics at Brigham Young University. These are probably the most widely-used corpora currently available.

The corpora have many different uses, including:

  • finding out how native speakers actually speak and write

  • finding the frequency of words, phrases, and collocates

  • looking at language variation and change; e.g. historical, dialects, and genres

  • gaining insight into culture; for example what is said about different concepts over time and in different countries

  • designing authentic language teaching materials and resources.

In addition to the ten corpora (and the Google Books (Advanced) interface), there are also many corpus-based resources. These allow you to: