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A corpus (pl. corpora) is a collection of written or spoken material in machine-readable form, assembled for the purpose of studying linguistic structures. 

Generally, corpora are assembled according to predefined criteria to fit intended aims such as studying linguistic structures, machine translation or natural language processing. Building a corpus is a time consuming task.

This section introduces the following resources:

The following titles provide a good starting point for students who are new to corpus-based research: