Corpus of Early English Correspondence Sampler (CEECS)

Published in 1998, the Corpus of Early English Correspondence Sampler (CEECS) represents the non-copyrighted materials included in the original CEEC. This means that the editors of the collections included in it have died over 70 years ago. We have also included some material (re-)edited by us (see Henslowe and Marchall collections).

The CEECS is a fairly accurate small-scale copy of the full CEEC, giving similar results for many linguistic phenomena. The time covered is nearly the same (1418–1680) and here too the bulk of the material is at the latter end of the time span. 23 letter collections have been included with altogether 194 informants. The size of the CEECS is c. 450,000 words. It has been divided into two parts for technical reasons. CEECS1 covers the 15th and 16th centuries, with the exception of the Hutton collection, which goes on to the 17th century. CEECS2 consists of 17th century material, only 3 letters in Original 3 are from the late 16th century.

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