Corpus details

International Corpus of Learner's English

Official name:International Corpus of Learner's English
Common name:ICLE
Language type:written
Corpus type:genre specific
Period:1990 - 2000
Size:More than 2.000.000 words
Description:ICLE is a corpus of argumentative essays on different topics written by advanced learners of English (university students of English mainly in their second or third year). The ICLE project was launched in 1990 by Sylviane Granger, University of Louvain-la Neuve, Belgium, and in 2002 the corpus was released in CD-ROM format, accompanied by a handbook which describes its structure and the status of English in the countries of origin of the learners. The corpus is made up of a number of subcorpora representing the following language backgrounds: Bulgarian, Czech, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish. There is also a smaller comparable corpus of British and American undergraduate essays. The length of the essays varies between 500 and 1000 words.
Exploration:The corpus consists of plain text files and can be explored with standard exploration software like WordSmith and Windows Grep.
Metadata:learner and task variables
Reference:Graner, S., E. Dagneaux and F. Meunier (2002). International Corpus of Learner English, Louvain: UCL.
Location:Faculty network, folder G:\LET\Data\Corpora\Engels\ICLE\DATA
Details:Essays may be selected on the basis of various learner variables (e.g. age, gender, mother tongue and proficiency level) and task variables (e.g. medium, genre, length, topic, task setting). For this selection, specific query software is available.
See Also: 
Name:ICLE website
Description:Information about the ICLE-project

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