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The British National Corpus 2014 - Email Collection

Would you like to contribute to the British National Corpus - a very large research repository of modern British English?

The British National Corpus 2014 is a major project led by Lancaster University to create a 100 million word corpus (a large collection of ‘real life’ language) of modern-day British English.This corpus is used by researchers to understand more about how language works and how it is evolving. Educators, dictionary compilers and the interested public will also be able to access it to find usage examples of modern British English in different genres.

To collect emails for the Written BNC2014 we rely on the generosity of the British public to give us access to their sent emails to incorporate them into the corpus. We are asking the public to provide us with copies of any emails sent between 2014 and 2018. Emails should be unedited, but you are welcome to anonymise them.

You can submit these emails as word documents (doc, docx, rtf etc.) or any other common electronic format. Your contribution to this world-leading language resource will be fully credited in the corpus documentation.

To submit your emails:
1. Open any email which was sent by you during the period 2014-2018.
2. Simply copy and paste the text of the email into a Word or .txt document.
3. Repeat this process for as many emails as you wish - you can save multiple emails in the same file.
4. You are welcome to anonymise the data by replacing any names or personal information with [anon]. You are responsible for anonymising personal information within the emails, so we would strongly encourage you to sift through your emails to anonymise any personal information and ensure you are happy for everything to be included within the corpus.
5. Upload the file below.

Thank you very much for your contribution.

The Lancaster team.

What is your name? (Please fill out this field if you wish to be credited in the corpus documentation).
What is your gender? *
Are you a: *
Please submit a copy of any emails sent by you between 2014-2018. You can upload multiple emails in one document. These must be emails which were sent by you, not received by you. Please anonymise any names and/or personal information - you can do this by replacing names/information with [anon]. You can upload in any widely used file format. *
What year were the emails sent during? *
The context of the emails are: *
I give consent for my emails to be included in the Written BNC2014.
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