Corpus details

VU Chatcorpus

Official name:VU Chatcorpus
Common name:ChatIG Corpus
Language type:written
Corpus type:genre specific
Period:2005 - 2006
Size:90,000 words
Description:The ChatIG corpus is a corpus of chat language of Dutch teenagers. Different classes from secondary schools in Amsterdam came to the VU to chat via the chatroom tool in Blackboard. These chat conversations were regulated and topics were provided. The conversations have been stored and together they form the ChatIG corpus. The corpus has been named in honor of the first school who participated in this project: the St.Ignatiusgymnasium in Amsterdam
Exploration:The corpus consists of plain text files and can be explored with standard exploration software like WordSmith and Windows Grep.
Metadata:A metadatabase contains information about the participating pupils, their classes, the chat sessions and the subjects of the chat sessions.
Material:text fragments of chat sessions
Fragmentation:Chat fragments of approx. 5 minutes
Origin:In 2005 and 2006, the Vrije Universiteit and the St. Ignatiusgymnasium (secondary school) in Amsterdam worked together on various projects under an umbrella project called ‘De Vrolijke School’ (The Happy School). De Vrolijke School aimed to create research awareness amongst secondary school children. One of the Vrolijke School projects concerned chat language.
Reference:Charldorp, Tessa (2005). Building a Chat Corpus: ChatIg. Internal publication Faculty of Arts, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Location:Faculty network, G:\LET\Data\Corpora\Nederlands\Chatcorpus
Details:The ChatIG Corpus is incorporated in the Dutch SoNaR Corpus.
Contact:Tessa Charldorp (t.charldorp at or Wilbert Spooren (w.spooren at
See Also: 
Name:Building a Chat Corpus: ChatIg
Description:Description of the ChatIG corpus (see reference to Charldorp (2005) above).

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