A Corpus of 21st Century Scots Texts

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Corpus Statistics

Total words in corpus : 1,154,514
Total unique words : 72,232
The next target size for this corpus is two million words, it seems like a decent size for twenty years of texts, compared to other corpora.
Dialect total wordcounts

Lallans - 699,501 (60.6%)
Doric - 232,505 (20.1%)
Ulster - 98,492 (8.5%)
Southern - 59,643 (5.2%)
Shetland - 37,649 (3.3%)
Orkney - 26,724 (2.3%)
The target is to have no more than 40% of the corpus in a single dialect and no less than 5%.

Genre total wordcounts

prose - 534,566 (46.3%)
twitter - 270,279 (23.4%)
blog - 108,738 (9.4%)
poetry - 80,038 (6.9%)
newspaper - 64,288 (5.6%)
weans - 63,913 (5.5%)
government - 32,692 (2.8%)
The target is to have no genre accounting for more than 35% of the corpus.

Author word count

Total authors - 195
Blackhall, Sheena - 54,982 words in 4 articles (4.8%)
McHardy, Stuart - 49,295 words in 2 articles (4.3%)
Smith, Alex - 43,759 words in 2 articles (3.8%)
Donovan, Anne - 42,390 words in 2 articles (3.7%)
Percy, Ely - 42,213 words in 3 articles (3.7%)
Bennett, Peter - 41,361 words in 19 articles (3.6%)
Fitt, Matthew - 40,242 words in 5 articles (3.5%)
Fairnie, Robert - 38,281 words in 17 articles (3.3%)
Leslie, Deborah - 33,944 words in 1 articles (2.9%)
Halfpenny, Cameron - 29,768 words in 1 articles (2.6%)
Forde, Iain W D - 29,741 words in 2 articles (2.6%)
Morrison-Smyth, Anne - 27,457 words in 1 articles (2.4%)
Ulster-Scots Language Society - 17,086 words in 1 articles (1.5%)
Rennie, Susan - 16,767 words in 2 articles (1.5%)
Fleemin, Sandy - 16,373 words in 10 articles (1.4%)
Robertson, James - 16,035 words in 7 articles (1.4%)
Thomson, Mark - 13,753 words in 1 articles (1.2%)
Clark, Thomas - 13,142 words in 10 articles (1.1%)
Heather, Alistair - 12,011 words in 11 articles (1%)
Burnett, Colin - 11,712 words in 4 articles (1%)
Horsbroch, Dauvit - 11,623 words in 2 articles (1%)
McClurg, Fernando - 11,520 words in 12 articles (1%)
Hubbard, Tom - 11,108 words in 3 articles (1%)
Thoumire, Elizabeth - 10,065 words in 11 articles (0.9%)
Grae, Emma - 9,835 words in 2 articles (0.9%)
Hall, Simon W. - 9,480 words in 11 articles (0.8%)
Gillon, Karen - 9,113 words in 1 articles (0.8%)
Dornan, Stephen - 8,324 words in 3 articles (0.7%)
Robinson, Philip - 7,644 words in 1 articles (0.7%)
Uri, Antonia - 7,309 words in 8 articles (0.6%)
Ewen, Allan - 6,727 words in 6 articles
Ulster Scots Agency - 6,458 words in 1 articles
Tait, John M - 6,195 words in 3 articles
Smith, Jamie - 5,704 words in 4 articles
Fenton, James - 5,592 words in 3 articles
Baikie, R. M. - 5,518 words in 1 articles
Clark, Sara - 5,020 words in 3 articles
Giles, Harry Josephine - 4,941 words in 4 articles
Scots Language Center - 4,855 words in 1 articles
McQueer, Chris - 4,333 words in 1 articles
Monahan Brown, Ricky - 3,123 words in 1 articles
Calderwood, Lynsey - 3,050 words in 2 articles
Pacitti, Stephen - 3,048 words in 1 articles
Cumming, John - 2,851 words in 2 articles
Stewart, Anna - 2,824 words in 1 articles
Niven, Liz - 2,643 words in 5 articles
McAlpine, Joan - 2,579 words in 1 articles
Spence, Laura - 2,559 words in 1 articles
McDonald, Hamish - 2,547 words in 2 articles
Douglas, David - 2,352 words in 1 articles
Bolland, John - 2,329 words in 1 articles
Handy, Robbie - 2,264 words in 1 articles
Curran, Doug - 2,175 words in 1 articles
Neill, Willie - 2,128 words in 1 articles
Docherty, John F. - 2,122 words in 1 articles
The Westender - 2,028 words in 4 articles
Wilson, Rab - 2,018 words in 1 articles
Malgrati, Paul - 1,991 words in 1 articles
Elphinstone Institute - 1,976 words in 1 articles
De Luca, Christine - 1,934 words in 7 articles
Donati, Colin - 1,830 words in 1 articles
Neill, Josie - 1,758 words in 1 articles
Bryden, Hugh - 1,723 words in 1 articles
Towrie, David - 1,722 words in 1 articles
Peterson, George P.S. - 1,581 words in 1 articles
Holton, Brian - 1,563 words in 1 articles
Meikle, William - 1,558 words in 1 articles
Williamson, Christie - 1,550 words in 11 articles
Goodall, Phyllis J. - 1,531 words in 1 articles
Douglas, Sheila - 1,502 words in 1 articles
Campbell, Karen - 1,458 words in 1 articles
Reynolds, Charlie - 1,457 words in 4 articles
Johnson, Laureen - 1,453 words in 2 articles
Ratter, Peter - 1,420 words in 1 articles
Sutherland, Hazel - 1,412 words in 1 articles
Tindal, Betty - 1,396 words in 1 articles
Murdoch, Steve - 1,387 words in 1 articles
Ireland, Mark - 1,378 words in 1 articles
Hershaw, William - 1,287 words in 2 articles
Hodgart, John - 1,283 words in 1 articles
Manson, John - 1,283 words in 1 articles
Sandison, Iris - 1,265 words in 1 articles
Farrow, Kenneth D. - 1,232 words in 1 articles
Davidson, Alistair - 1,224 words in 1 articles
Ross, Derek - 1,215 words in 1 articles
Dareau, Mareau - 1,200 words in 1 articles
Forrest, Liam - 1,188 words in 1 articles
Young, Clive - 1,176 words in 1 articles
Macdonald, Amy - 1,145 words in 1 articles
Mc Rae, Thomas - 1,126 words in 1 articles
Gilmour, Rosie - 1,020 words in 7 articles
Puchowski, James - 1,017 words in 2 articles
Bremner, Stewart - 1,012 words in 1 articles
Capener, Jack - 994 words in 1 articles
Bennett, Hazel - 993 words in 1 articles
Widmann, Thomas - 984 words in 1 articles
Logan, Kirsty - 956 words in 1 articles
Neil, Gabriel - 956 words in 1 articles
Sutherland, Hope - 954 words in 1 articles
Johnstone, Ian - 954 words in 1 articles
Sinclair, James - 941 words in 3 articles
Warwick, Matthew - 938 words in 2 articles
Durie, Nick - 932 words in 1 articles
Gauld, Ilene - 895 words in 1 articles
Eagle, Andy - 879 words in 1 articles
Burns, John - 879 words in 1 articles
McPartlin, John - 861 words in 1 articles
McFarlane, Ishbel - 858 words in 4 articles
Wilson, Katie - 835 words in 1 articles
Seth-Smith, Niki - 822 words in 1 articles
McKinlay, Kieran - 821 words in 1 articles
MacMillan, Angus - 799 words in 1 articles
Waddell, John - 795 words in 1 articles
Hardie, Buff - 794 words in 1 articles
Isbister, Sonny - 791 words in 1 articles
Harvey, Lewis - 780 words in 1 articles
Mackintosh, Henrietta - 741 words in 1 articles
Fenton, Janet - 738 words in 1 articles
Laurenson, Hannah Lisa - 720 words in 1 articles
Gillen, Charles - 715 words in 2 articles
Priest, Ena - 707 words in 1 articles
Shepherd, Robbie - 689 words in 1 articles
Letford, William - 664 words in 2 articles
Ritchie, John - 654 words in 1 articles
Walterson, Barbara - 652 words in 1 articles
Robson, Euan - 647 words in 1 articles
Dunnett, Nathan - 643 words in 1 articles
Johnston, Shaun - 641 words in 1 articles
Robertson, Sine - 628 words in 1 articles
Crawford, Jack - 624 words in 1 articles
Martin, Keiron - 613 words in 1 articles
Fowler, Ross - 607 words in 1 articles
Macdonald, Ileene - 602 words in 1 articles
Jamieson, Robert Alan - 599 words in 4 articles
Wheeler, Leslie - 596 words in 1 articles
Sneddon, Alison - 583 words in 1 articles
Bowie, Tyler - 580 words in 1 articles
Thompson, Mark - 542 words in 1 articles
Harper, Norman - 540 words in 1 articles
McClelland, Ben - 536 words in 1 articles
Riddell, Conor - 528 words in 1 articles
Hollinrake, Fran Flett - 476 words in 1 articles
Lamb, Gregor - 454 words in 1 articles
Eunson, Catherine - 454 words in 2 articles
Anderson, Elizabeth - 444 words in 1 articles
Cunningham, Liam - 436 words in 1 articles
Cartmill, Claire - 428 words in 1 articles
BardOfMilebush - 422 words in 2 articles
Paterson, Stuart A. - 417 words in 2 articles
Gillen, Charlie - 405 words in 1 articles
Grubb, Adrian - 378 words in 1 articles
Gibson, Darren - 375 words in 1 articles
McArthur, Kaydi - 364 words in 1 articles
Logan, Liam - 347 words in 1 articles
Robertson, Gary - 343 words in 1 articles
Leslie, Debbie - 332 words in 1 articles
Ultach - 300 words in 3 articles
Kerr, Oliwia, Sarah and Amber - 293 words in 1 articles
Cara, Dillon, Ami and Travis - 272 words in 1 articles
Sinclair, Lise - 263 words in 2 articles
King, Angeline - 261 words in 1 articles
Paterson, Stuart - 256 words in 1 articles
Mitchell, Kiera - 256 words in 1 articles
Rebecca, Casey and Stephen - 253 words in 1 articles
Sutherland, Stella - 251 words in 2 articles
NewtonLass - 240 words in 1 articles
Wilson, Heidi and Isla - 240 words in 1 articles
Lamb, Darcie - 240 words in 1 articles
Penny, Len - 234 words in 1 articles
Ritch, Paolo - 214 words in 1 articles
Hall, Anja - 210 words in 1 articles
Peace, Courtney - 200 words in 1 articles
Thain, Gianna - 197 words in 1 articles
Mainland, Jim - 178 words in 2 articles
Irvine, Chloe - 176 words in 1 articles
Harper, Emma - 157 words in 1 articles
Flett, Alison - 154 words in 1 articles
Reider O'Doom - 153 words in 1 articles
Graham, Laurence - 149 words in 1 articles
Hanna, Wendy - 123 words in 1 articles
Tait, Christian - 114 words in 1 articles
Murray, Campbell - 113 words in 1 articles
Mainland, Marlene - 107 words in 2 articles
Freeman, Rebekah - 98 words in 1 articles
Drennan, William - 93 words in 1 articles
Cowan, Fiona A - 92 words in 1 articles
Heron, Caitlin - 83 words in 1 articles
Harris, Jane - 70 words in 1 articles
Manson, Finnley - 66 words in 1 articles
Ljosland, Ragnhild - 62 words in 1 articles
Legge, Robert - 54 words in 1 articles
Stirling, Alison - 51 words in 1 articles
Forkin, Ellen - 45 words in 1 articles
Innes, Michelle - 39 words in 1 articles
St Luke's Primary Schuil, Midlothian - 34 words in 1 articles
The target is to have no author accounting for more than 4% of the corpus, and ideally to have many authors accounting for around 1%.

Twitter word count

Total tweeters - 65
52,344 words - @kennethbryce184 with 3,143 tweets in Lallans (4.5%)
14,296 words - @DoricPhrases with 852 tweets in Doric (1.2%)
11,545 words - @StuartPoet with 735 tweets in Lallans (1%)
11,540 words - @fittiecrooners with 407 tweets in Doric (1%)
11,238 words - @the_gellick with 727 tweets in Ulster (1%)
11,196 words - @LairnScots with 636 tweets in Lallans (1%)
11,185 words - @jax6754 with 668 tweets in Lallans (1%)
10,563 words - @Chazzbat with 614 tweets in Lallans (0.9%)
8,321 words - @FaeFoggie with 698 tweets in Doric (0.7%)
8,226 words - @rosa_alba_macd with 438 tweets in Lallans (0.7%)
7,984 words - @cligeey with 1,208 tweets in Doric (0.7%)
7,029 words - @helenmoncrieff with 414 tweets in Shetland (0.6%)
6,379 words - @DABArbuckle with 372 tweets in Lallans (0.6%)
6,290 words - @billykayscot with 347 tweets in Lallans (0.5%)
5,386 words - @Franwella with 452 tweets in Doric
4,892 words - @beast_afc with 341 tweets in Doric
4,880 words - @raiphsays with 512 tweets in Lallans
4,680 words - @Manuforti1968 with 457 tweets in Doric
4,480 words - @Seperatist_No1 with 278 tweets in Lallans
4,332 words - @MartyMacMurtrie with 259 tweets in Lallans
3,975 words - @JamieFairbairn1 with 214 tweets in Lallans
3,973 words - @DavidJWood2 with 343 tweets in Lallans
3,746 words - @Doric_Bananaman with 249 tweets in Doric
3,286 words - @tattooedselkie with 196 tweets in Shetland
3,217 words - @MartinBroon with 315 tweets in Lallans
3,085 words - @d_anderson878 with 266 tweets in Doric
2,682 words - @jamie_ginger with 182 tweets in Southern
2,621 words - @peediepuss with 199 tweets in Orkney
2,447 words - @fairpechtoot with 163 tweets in Lallans
2,392 words - @daleser23 with 261 tweets in Doric
1,994 words - @Cobradile94 with 251 tweets in Lallans
1,880 words - @IshbelMcF with 92 tweets in Lallans
1,765 words - @cammyrudkin with 174 tweets in Southern
1,714 words - @jack_capener with 126 tweets in Lallans
1,561 words - @mcfarlane_irene with 130 tweets in Lallans
1,552 words - @shaetlan_rose with 114 tweets in Shetland
1,503 words - @alistairdunn with 126 tweets in Lallans
1,334 words - @officialAliRed with 113 tweets in Southern
1,328 words - @TheFarrierPhil with 100 tweets in Ulster
1,316 words - @Angela1Sinclair with 89 tweets in Lallans
1,313 words - @iainnicol with 153 tweets in Lallans
1,237 words - @glenlivetloon with 73 tweets in Doric
1,224 words - @ionafyfe with 121 tweets in Lallans
1,216 words - @_DawnLeslie with 51 tweets in Doric
1,154 words - @SusiBriggs1 with 138 tweets in Lallans
1,089 words - @OrangRuth with 66 tweets in Ulster
1,037 words - @MarkThompStuff with 95 tweets in Ulster
908 words - @Angelinekking with 53 tweets in Ulster
891 words - @ClashCityClarky with 114 tweets in Lallans
777 words - @fairfaaye with 23 tweets in Ulster
673 words - @johnstone_shane with 50 tweets in Lallans
629 words - @DaibhidhABEB with 55 tweets in Lallans
566 words - @sovereigndaisy with 77 tweets in Doric
559 words - @HurchinHome with 50 tweets in Ulster
483 words - @gordimhor1 with 54 tweets in Lallans
434 words - @WhenDidADidny with 20 tweets in Lallans
315 words - @fourmenterian with 38 tweets in Lallans
300 words - @HazelTindall with 24 tweets in Shetland
258 words - @JamesAmcvean with 29 tweets in Doric
239 words - @HarryJosieGiles with 13 tweets in Orkney
238 words - @ricky_ballboy with 10 tweets in Lallans
205 words - @jamieonkeys with 12 tweets in Lallans
188 words - @johnkmitchinson with 16 tweets in Orkney
180 words - @projecthawick with 15 tweets in Southern
9 words - @Rosehill_girl with 1 tweets in Ulster
Aiming to have no tweeter accounting for more than 0.5% of the corpus with their tweets.

Genre by year

2000 .......................... - 36,559 words in total
2001 .......... - 11,939 words in total
2002 ................... - 24,068 words in total
2003 ..................................... - 52,740 words in total
2004 .................................................... - 75,639 words in total
2005 .................. - 25,262 words in total
2006 ....... - 8,260 words in total
2007 ............................... - 43,302 words in total
2008 ........ - 8,696 words in total
2009 .................... - 28,373 words in total
2010 ................... - 25,243 words in total
2011 ........... - 12,121 words in total
2012 .............. - 15,208 words in total
2013 .......................... - 34,235 words in total
2014 ................. - 20,675 words in total
2015 ............................................... - 67,225 words in total
2016 .......................................................... - 82,569 words in total
2017 ...................................................................... - 99,092 words in total
2018 ............................................ - 61,786 words in total
2019 ............................................................... - 90,134 words in total
2020 ........................................................................................................................................................... - 228,661 words in total
2021 ........................................................................ - 102,727 words in total
Blog Government Newspaper Poetry Prose Twitter Weans

Corpus Dialect Balancing

Central / Lallans Doric / Northern Shetland Orkney Ulster Southern / Borders
prose280,722 140,204 16,287 14,580 50,458 32,315
weans56,160 3,002 2,990 823 938 0
poetry28,809 1,813 5,650 2,185 22,242 19,339
blog95,062 6,010 555 6,088 1,023 0
newspaper51,931 9,901 0 0 428 2,028
government24,258 1,976 0 0 6,458 0
twitter162,559 69,599 12,167 3,048 16,945 5,961

Publishers

Itchy Coo - 89,556 words (7.8%) in 8 articles
Luath - 82,056 words (7.1%) in 17 articles
self-published - 81,851 words (7.1%) in 18 articles
Evertype - 57,225 words (5%) in 2 articles
Scots Language Centre - 49,718 words (4.3%) in 5 articles
ABCTales.com - 42,919 words (3.7%) in 20 articles
Monstrous Regiment - 40,855 words (3.5%) in 2 articles
Argo Publishing - 33,944 words (2.9%) in 1 articles
Bella Caledonia - 32,648 words (2.8%) in 26 articles
Ullans Press - 30,328 words (2.6%) in 7 articles
Fons Scotiae - 29,741 words (2.6%) in 2 articles
Mak Forrit - 27,901 words (2.4%) in 25 articles
The Sair Fecht - 27,284 words (2.4%) in 29 articles
Scots Hoose - 22,560 words (2%) in 44 articles
Lochlands - 22,512 words (1.9%) in 1 articles
Lallans Magazine - 17,962 words (1.6%) in 15 articles
Education, Culture an Sport Comatee - 16,868 words (1.5%) in 3 articles
Edition Lintenfass - 16,231 words (1.4%) in 1 articles
Shetland For Wirds - 13,129 words (1.1%) in 31 articles
colinburnett.co.uk - 11,712 words (1%) in 4 articles
unbound.com - 9,835 words (0.9%) in 2 articles
Grace Note - 9,617 words (0.8%) in 1 articles
sandyfleming.org - 8,411 words (0.7%) in 8 articles
Scottish Book Trust - 7,879 words (0.7%) in 4 articles
Brisk Northerly - 7,538 words (0.7%) in 9 articles
Ulster-Scots Academy - 6,946 words (0.6%) in 1 articles
census.gov.uk - 6,458 words (0.6%) in 1 articles
Baikie - 5,518 words in 1 articles
The National - 5,159 words in 8 articles
The Scores - 4,932 words in 4 articles
Shetland Dialect Conference 2004 - 4,867 words in 1 articles
Ullans Magazine - 4,729 words in 4 articles
404 Ink - 4,333 words in 1 articles
Young Shetland Writer - 3,570 words in 4 articles
From Glasgow To Saturn - 3,506 words in 2 articles
The Scottish Parliament - 2,736 words in 2 articles
Edinburgh International Book Festival - 2,329 words in 1 articles
The Hawick Paper - 2,028 words in 4 articles
Aberdeenshire Council - 1,976 words in 1 articles
The Herald - 1,953 words in 2 articles
Litro magazine - 1,873 words in 1 articles
harryjosephine.com - 1,807 words in 1 articles
Scottish Poetry Library - 1,753 words in 8 articles
Gatehouse Press - 1,752 words in 1 articles
Orkneyjar - 1,722 words in 1 articles
Doric Future - 1,712 words in 4 articles
Lowdown-L - 1,522 words in 2 articles
damagnifyingless.wordpress.com - 1,364 words in 9 articles
The Interpreters House.org - 1,358 words in 1 articles
https://harryjosephine.com/ - 1,338 words in 1 articles
Orkney Heritage Society - 1,262 words in 9 articles
https://www.opendemocracy.net/ - 1,172 words in 1 articles
North Antrim Speak - 1,023 words in 3 articles
The Fraserburgh Herald - 954 words in 1 articles
Lidl - 833 words in 3 articles
Evening Express - 794 words in 1 articles
The Bottle Imp - 762 words in 2 articles
Reddit - 722 words in 5 articles
Hands Up For Trad - 720 words in 1 articles
John Benjamin - 689 words in 1 articles
Grampian Regional Council - 596 words in 1 articles
clydesburn.blogspot.com - 542 words in 1 articles
The Press and Journal - 540 words in 1 articles
Sensory Attachment Centre - 539 words in 1 articles
Floris Kelpies - 536 words in 1 articles
Education Scotland - 529 words in 1 articles
Carcanet - 489 words in 1 articles
The Orkney Dictionary - 454 words in 1 articles
Ullans Speakers Association - 434 words in 1 articles
Ballymoney and Moyle Times - 428 words in 1 articles
Words without Borders Magazine - 405 words in 1 articles
Ulster-Scots Community Network - 399 words in 1 articles
Galdanagh - 347 words in 1 articles
Canongate - 331 words in 1 articles
twitter - 261 words in 1 articles
Kettillonia - 248 words in 2 articles
newtonlass.blogspot.com - 240 words in 1 articles
The Scotsman - 176 words in 1 articles
Modern Poetry Translation - 166 words in 1 articles
Facebook - Schomberg Society - 123 words in 1 articles

Source of texts

511,206 - digital (44.3%)
372,046 - print and OCR (32.2%)
271,262 - social media (23.5%)

Corpus was last updated: 06 May 2021

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