Arabic 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 Arabic to easily discover what is typical and frequent in the language and to notice phenomena which would go unnoticed without a large sample of Arabic 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 Arabic single-word or multi-word expressions of various types can be generated. Even users without any technical knowledge can create their own Arabic corpus using the Sketch Engine’s intuitive built-in tool.

Tools to work with Arabic text corpora

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

Arabic Word Sketch

Word Sketch is the easiest way to get an at-a-glance overview of a word’s behaviour. Collocations are displayed in categorized lists to identify strong and weak collocates easily. more»

Available Word Sketches for user corpora: Full-featured Sketch grammar.

Word Sketch difference will compare two word sketches and will indicate which collocates tend to combine with one word or the other. The information can be used to avoid mistakes in word choice or to study the differences between two words with a similar meaning. more»

Arabic 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 Arabic language text corpora. The search will display the keyword with some context to the right and context to the left of the keyword (KWIC concordance). more»

Arabic thesaurus

The thesaurus is a feature that automatically generates a list of words similar in meaning to the keyword. more»

Arabic 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 Arabic or all words that start, contain or end with 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 Arabic

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 Arabic that cannot be detected by other tools. more»

List of available Arabic 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
Arabic Learner Corpus (ALC) main 362,712
Arabic Web main 407,005
Arabic Web 2012 (arTenTen12, Stanford tagger) trial 7,475,624,779
Arabic Web 2012 sample 115M (arTenTen12, Mada tagger) main 115,315,274
KSUCCA (Classical Arabic) main 46,705,577
OPUS2 Arabic main 300,000,057
Quran annotated corpus [unvowelled Arabic] main 128,243
Quran annotated corpus [unvowelled Latin] main 99,268
Quran annotated corpus [vowelled Arabic] main 128,241
Quran annotated corpus [vowelled Latin] main 97,970