Innsbruck Corpus of Middle English Prose

The Innsbruck Corpus of Middle English Prose, part of the Innsbruck Computer Archive of Machine-Readable English Texts (ICAMET), is a compilation of 129 works of Middle English prose, digitised from extant editions. The corpus lends itself to comparative linguistic analysis, especially as prose texts usually employ a less stylised language than do texts in verse. Featuring complete texts rather than extracts, the corpus is particularly suited for studies of style, rhetorics, and narrative technique.

Project leader: Manfred Markus, Universität Innsbruck
Time of compilation: 1992–1997 (with revisions and minor additions since)
Size: 7.8m words
Language: English (Middle)
Number of texts/samples: 129
Period: Middle English
Released: FIXME?
Funding: Fonds zur Förderung der Wissenschaftlichen Forschung (Vienna)

Reference line and Copyright

FIXME (ref line)

All the ICAMET files, including those of the Innsbruck Corpus of Middle English Prose, are allowed for "fair academic use" only (Bern Convention). The files, whether in full or in part, must not be used for profit, but only under the aspect of individual research interests. The ICAMET files are protected as part of the Innsbruck corpora and must not be copied for commercial purposes or for the purpose of compiling another corpus.


The corpus manual is available for download in doc format. A printed version is also available; for details, see the ICAMET website.


Project leader: Manfred Markus
Online adviser: Josef Wallmannsberger
Software advisers: Mario Andriollo, Helmut Essenschläger

Former collaborators

Roland Benedikter; Andrea Kruckenhauser; Robert McColl Millar; Ulrike Mühlbacher-Nadenik; Paul Perger; Eva Maria Rainer; Elliott Schreiber; Alois Wechselberger; Maturot Sinavarat; Sonja Dum; Andrea Krapf


The corpus is available on CD-ROM to all interested researchers for a nominal fee covering postage and packaging. For details, see the ICAMET website.


EDV-Zentrum der Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck
Prof. Manfred Görlach, Engl. Dept., Universität Köln, Germany
Prof. Raymond Hickey, Engl. Dept., Universität Essen, Germany
Prof. James Hogg, Engl. Dept., Universität Salzburg, Austria
Institut für Anglistik, Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck
Universitätsverlag C. Winter, Heidelberg
The Council of the Early English Text Society
Faber & Faber Ltd.
The John Hopkins University Press
Oxford University Press
Princeton University Press
The University of Tennessee Press
Yale University Press

Acknowledgements to publishers are listed in detail under the texts concerned.