Brexit corpus: database of articles on Brexit

The Brexit corpus is a language corpus made up of English web articles, blogs, comments, and tweets relating to Brexit, a referendum on an exit by the United Kingdom from the European Union. The corpus is comprised of news (the Guardian, the BBC, the Daily Mail, the Telegraph, etc.), various blogs, comments, as well as forum or Twitter posts.

The Brexit corpus contains rich metadata about particular articles, such as topic, author or original web domain. Moreover, the automatic annotation of sentiment classification enables to search only articles with negative, neutral or positive words and phrases. Users can also search by a specific opinion on Brexit (agreement or disagreement about the exit).

Part-of-speech tagset

The corpus is POS tagged by TreeTagger using Penn Treebank tagset with Sketch Engine modifications.

Tools to work with the Brexit corpus

A complete set of Sketch Engine tools is available to work with this Brexit corpus to generate:

  • word sketch – English collocations categorized by grammatical relations
  • thesaurus – synonyms and similar words for every word
  • word lists – lists of English nouns, verbs, adjectives etc. organized by frequency
  • n-grams – frequency list of multi-word units
  • concordance – examples in context

Further information

The corpus collection was made in the framework of the SENSEI project as a joint effort of the University
of Trento, Websays.com and the Aix-Marseille University. For more information, visit the project website at http://www.sense-eu.info/

Bibliography

System of automatic prediction

Celli, F., Stepanov, E. A., Poesio, M., & Riccardi, G. (2016). Predicting Brexit: Classifying agreement is better than sentiment and pollsters. PEOPLES 2016, 110.

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