The EMILLE Corpus

(Full release)

The EMILLE Corpus has been constructed as part of a collaborative venture between the EMILLE project (Enabling Minority Language Engineering), Lancaster University, UK, and the Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL), Mysore, India. EMILLE is distributed by the European Language Resources Association.

The corpus consists of three components: monolingual, parallel and annotated corpora. There are fourteen monolingual corpora, including both written and (for some languages) spoken data for fourteen South Asian languages: Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Sinhala, Tamil, Telegu and Urdu. The EMILLE monolingual corpora contain approximately 92,799,000  words (including 2,627,000 words of transcribed spoken data for Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu). The parallel corpus consists of 200,000 words of text in English and its accompanying translations in Hindi, Bengali, Punjabi, Gujarati and Urdu. The annotated component includes the Urdu monolingual and parallel corpora annotated for parts-of-speech, together with twenty written Hindi corpus files annotated to show the nature of demonstrative use. The corpus is marked up using CES-compliant SGML, and encoded using Unicode.

The EMILLE/CIIL Corpus (ELRA-W0037) is distributed free of charge for use in non-profit-making research only. The EMILLE Lancaster Corpus (ELRA-W0038) is for commercial use only. We are grateful to the UK EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, grant reference GR/N19106) for funding the creation of the corpus. We also thank all of the EMILLE Beta Version users who have reported errors and made comments or suggestions. Included in this release is the full version of the corpus. A new Xaira-compliant release of the corpus is forthcoming. We also plan to release digitized recordings of the sound files that were used to construct the spoken corpus.



December 2003


1. User Manual

2. End User Licence

3. Credits

4. EMILLE annotation schemes

5. Ordering information


Created and maintained by Richard Xiao 2005-2008