A Representative Corpus of Historical English Registers (ARCHER)

ARCHER (A Representative Corpus of Historical English Registers) is a multi-genre historical corpus of British and American English covering the period 1600–1999. The corpus has been designed as a tool for the analysis of language change and variation in a range of written and speech-based registers of English.

First constructed by Doug Biber and Edward Finegan in the early 1990s, ARCHER is an ongoing project managed by a consortium of participants at fourteen universities in seven countries (Bamberg, Freiburg, Heidelberg, Helsinki, Lancaster, Leicester, Manchester, Michigan, Northern Arizona, Santiago de Compostela, Southern California, Trier, Uppsala, Zurich). Since December 2008 ARCHER has been co-ordinated from Manchester (UK). The coordinators may be contacted via archer@manchester.ac.uk.

Visit the project website at http://www.manchester.ac.uk/archer/ for a summary of features and essential preliminaries, latest updates, and the user agreement and web form mandatory in order to access the corpus.

Time of compilation: 1990-2013 (current version available ARCHER 3.2), 2014–ongoing
Versions: ARCHER 1 (1992–93), ARCHER 2 (2004–05), ARCHER 3.1 (2006), ARCHER 3.2 (2013),ARCHER 3.3 (in preparation)
Period: 1600–1999 (v2, v3.2, v3.3), 1650–1999 (v1, v3.1)
Language: English (British and American)
Project home page: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/archer/