International Corpus of English – the Nigerian component (ICE-NIG)

This is the Nigerian component of the International Corpus of English, a one million word multi-genre corpus of written and spoken Nigerian English for linguistic research. It can be used as a stand-alone corpus or in conjunction with other components of the International Corpus of English (such as ICE-GB, ICE-India, etc.) to compare international varieties of English. Note that the audio recordings are also offered for download, which enables researchers to conduct phonological analyses.

Project leader: Ulrike Gut, University of Münster
Time of compilation: 2007–2013
Size: 1,000,000+ words
Language: English
Number of texts/samples: 902
Period: the beginning of the 21st century
Released: 2013
Funding: Partly funded by a grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG project GU 548/6-1)
Project home page:

Reference line and copyright

Wunder, Eva-Maria, Holger Voormann, and Ulrike Gut. "The ICE Nigeria corpus project: Creating an open, rich and accurate corpus." ICAME Journal 34 (2010): 78-88.

ICE Nigeria by Prof. Dr. Ulrike Gut is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 3.0 Germany License. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available upon request.


Provided with the corpus at Sourceforge. Includes information on basic structure, annotation, etc.


See the manual.

File format

The corpus can be downloaded in several parts. The written part can be downloaded as text files, xml files and xml files with parts of speech tagging, both with or without the raw files. For the spoken part the eaf files (ELAN files in xml format) together with the text files can be downloaded separately from the sound files. In addition, we provide the corpus manual as well as metadata (speaker age, gender, ethnic group and profession) and XML specifications.


Open access: freely available for download at Sourceforge.

Associated projects

Standardisation processes in Nigerian English

Technical information

See the project home page.