hausaWaC: Hausa web corpus

The Hausa web corpus (hausaWaC) is a language corpus made up of texts collected from the Internet. Data was crawled by the SpiderLing web spider and the WebBootCat tool in June 2015 and comprises of more than 5 million words. Corpus texts are written in Boko, a Latin script of the Hausa Language. The corpus has not contained a part-of-speech tagging yet.

Tools to work with the Hausa web corpus

A complete set of Sketch Engine tools is available to work with this hausaWaC15 corpus to generate:

  • word lists – lists of Hausa nouns, verbs, adjectives etc. organized by frequency
  • n-grams – frequency list of multi-word units
  • concordance – examples in context


version 3 (March 2017)

  • corpus tagged by the RFTagger tool with the NKJP tagset
  • created lempos

version 2 (1 July 2013)

  • corpus tagged by the WCRFT tagger

version 1 (23 July 2012)

  • initial version – 7.7 billion words, untagged

a sample for Cesar (25 October 2012)


TenTen corpora

Jakubíček, M., Kilgarriff, A., Kovář, V., Rychlý, P., & Suchomel, V. (2013, July). The TenTen corpus family. In 7th International Corpus Linguistics Conference CL (pp. 125-127).

Suchomel, V., & Pomikálek, J. (2012). Efficient web crawling for large text corpora. In Proceedings of the seventh Web as Corpus Workshop (WAC7) (pp. 39-43).

Word Sketches

Radziszewski, A., Kilgarriff, A., & Lew, R. (2011). Polish word sketches.

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