We present LatinISE, a Latin corpus for the Sketch Engine. LatinISE consists of Latin works comprising a total of 13 million words, covering the time span from the 2nd century B. C. to the 21st century A. D. LatinISE is provided with rich metadata mark-up, including author, title, genre, era, date and century, as well as book, section, paragraph and line of verses. We have automatically annotated LatinISE with lemma and part-of-speech information. The annotation enables the users to search the corpus with a number of criteria, ranging from lemma, part-of-speech, context, to subcorpora defined chronologically or by genre.

We also illustrate word sketches, one-page summaries of a word’s corpus-based collocational behaviour. Our future plan is to produce word sketches for Latin words by adding richer morphological and syntactic annotation to the corpus.

Citation information

McGillivray, B. and Kilgarriff, A. (2013). Tools for historical corpus research, and a corpus of Latin. In Paul Bennett, Martin Durrell, Silke Scheible, Richard J. Whitt (eds.), New Methods in Historical Corpus Linguistics , Tübingen: Narr.

Turing affiliated authors