Afrikaans is one of the many languages whose text corpora are included in Sketch Engine, a tool for discovering how language works. Sketch Engine is designed for linguists, lexicologists, lexicographers, researchers, translators, terminologists, teachers and students working with Afrikaans to easily discover what is typical and frequent in the language and to notice phenomena which would go unnoticed without a large sample of Afrikaans text.

Sketch Engine has tools to identify and analyse collocations, synonyms and antonyms, examples of use in context, keywords or terms. Frequency word lists of English single-word or multiword expressions of various types can be generated. Even users without any technical knowledge can create their own English corpus the Sketch Engine’s intuitive built-in tool.

Tools to work with Afrikaans text corpora

To work with the Afrikaans language, Sketch Engine offers the following tools:

Afrikaans concordance

The concordancer included in Sketch Engine can be used to display a list of examples (called concordance) of the search word or phrase as it appears in Afrikaans language text corpora. The search will display the key word with some context to the right and context to the left of the key word (KWIC concordance). more»

Afrikaans word lists

The word list feature will generate a frequency list of all words that appear in a text or corpus. A very large corpus can be used to generate a list of all words that exist in Afrikaans or all words that start, contain or end in specific characters. Advanced options can be used to generate lists of grammatical categories or parts of speech used in a corpus together with their frequencies. more»

N-grams in Afrikaans

Generating a list of N-grams contained in a text makes it possible to identify and study patterns and notice phenomena related to multi-word units (MWU) in Afrikaans that cannot be detected by other tools. more»

List of available Afrikaans corpora

  • trial – available to both trial users as well as paying subscribers
  • main – only available to paying subscribers
  • on demand – access to the corpus is subject to specific terms, click the corpus name for details
Corpus Access policy Size in words
CHILDES Afrikaans Corpus main 26,020
OPUS2 Afrikaans trial 586,334