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Brigham Young University, Provo (Provo, UT 84602)
Mark E. Davies (Project Director: July 2014 to present)

Billion Word Extensions to the NEH-funded Corpus del Espanol and Corpus do Portugues

Expansion of the online Corpus of Spanish to 2 billion words from 21 Spanish-speaking countries, and the Corpus of Portuguese to 1 billion words from 4 Portuguese-speaking countries, and development of a more user-friendly interface for these corpora.

The Corpus del Espanol and the Corpus do Portugues were previously funded by the NEH in 2001-02 and 2004-06, respectively. The proposed project will take advantage of advances in technology since that time, to make these corpora between 50 and 100 times as large as the previous NEH-funded corpora (at least for the modern period). This will allow researchers to look at Spanish and Portuguese in ways that are not possible with any other resource. In addition, these new corpora will allow researchers to examine differences between the dialects of these two languages, as well as cultural differences between the countries (which is related to the NEH Bridging Cultures initiative). Finally, there will be a number of related resources that will be based on these new corpora, which are oriented more towards language learning. Overall, hundreds of thousands of researchers, teachers, learners, and translators will benefit from these greatly expanded resources.

Project fields:
Latin American Languages

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$200,000 (approved)
$200,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 7/31/2018