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British National Corpus 2014 in the News

Lancaster University and Cambridge University Press are collaborating on the creation of the ‘Spoken British National Corpus 2014’ (the Spoken BNC2014) - a collection of 10 million words of spoken English.

The project, which is led jointly by Lancaster University’s Professor Tony McEnery and Cambridge University Press’ Dr Claire Dembry, is to compile a very large collection of recordings of real-life, informal, spoken interactions between people whose first language is British English.

These will then be transcribed and made publicly available for a wide range of research purposes.

Here you can read our interesting and entertaining research insights from the project, looking at how the things we say has changed over the past 2 decades!


Cambridge University Press and Lancaster University are running a research project to create a world-leading freely-available resource for linguistic research. We have now collected all the data we need, so come back soon to find out more information about the Spoken BNC2014.


This project aims to find out how English is really used in everyday life from around the world, particularly from school and university students.

Cambridge Corpus of Academic English

Cambridge University Press and Cambridge English Language Assessment are undertaking a research project to develop a better understanding of the English language skills needed by students at English-medium universities. This resource will complement the existing 400 million words of academic English already included in the Cambridge English Corpus. At the heart of the project is the creation of a huge collection, or corpus, of academic writing. We aim to collect as wide a variety of written materials as possible, from essays and reports written by A Level students to research theses and journal articles produced by academics.

Cambridge University Press is committed to supporting the development of teachers and teaching around the world, and is very happy to encourage teacher research projects by offering financial and professional support to a number of projects every year.

Teacher research is a way of developing as a teacher as well as bringing new insights to our knowledge of effective teaching and learning.

GrammarThe English Grammar Profile (EGP) is a sister resource to the English Vocabulary Profile, and has been put together by Anne O'Keeffe (Limerick University) and Geraldine Mark, the co-authors, along with Ron Carter and Mike McCarthy, of English Grammar Today (Cambridge University Press). Mark and O'Keeffe investigated the extensive data in the Cambridge Learner Corpus to establish when learners begin to get to grips with different linguistic structures. 

A series of insights from their research will be posted on this page, each one putting the spotlight on an interesting aspect of learner grammar development. Please note that all of the learner examples come from the Cambridge Learner Corpus, a 55-million word electronic collection of written learner data. The examination and the candidate’s first language are given in brackets after each learner example.

See the latest Grammar Spotlight entry below. Scroll right down to the bottom of this page to browse through previous entries.


wowWith its 120th word, Word of the Week has now come to an end. We hope you enjoyed this free feature and that it has given you an insight into the thinking and research behind the English Vocabulary Profile.

All 120 are still available to read in our archive, below. Each Word of the Week in the archive is followed by a link to the full entry for that word on the English Vocabulary Profile. To view the entries, you will need to subscribe to the EVP: to subscribe for free click here.

Here you will find examples of the press coverage that our language and pedagogy research has received.

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