The ELFA project

How to obtain the corpus

Please note that we are currently experiencing some technical difficulties with the corpus distribution.

The ELFA corpus is freely available to researchers with an interest in academic ELF. You can submit a request to obtain the corpus and accept the licence agreement by completing an online form. In addition, you are asked to submit a brief (150-200 word) description of your research plan as part of the request. Your personal information will not be shared with others.

The conditions of the CLARIN restricted end-user (RES) licence agreement are fully outlined in the online request form. Please read them and check the box at the end of the form if you agree. In brief, we ask five things: 1) the research plan, 2) don't redistribute the corpus to others, 3) let us know when you publish research based on the corpus, 4) respect the anonymity of the speakers, and 5) the corpus shouldn't be used for commercial profit.

After the licence text, you will choose the corpus format you would like to receive – .txt or .xml (TEI P5-compliant). Finally, click the "Submit" button to submit your request. Once the request is reviewed and checked for completion, you will receive the corpus files (n=165) as a .zip email attachment (2 megabytes for the .txt corpus).

Additional questions about the corpus may be sent to project assistant Svetlana Vetchinnikova (svetlana.vetchinnikova[at]

Link to registration form


  • For research blogging on ELF, see the ELFA project blog.
  • Anna Mauranen has published a chapter on academic ELF in New Frontiers in Teaching and Learning English, edited by Paola Vettorel (Cambridge Scholars).
  • An intensive course on ELF is offered by researchers from the ELFA project in the Helsinki Summer School, Aug. 4–20, 2015. For description of the course, see the ELFA blog.
  • Niina Hynninen has published an article in the Journal of English as a Lingua Franca 3(2) entitled "The Common European Framework of Reference from the perspective of English as a lingua franca: What we can learn from a focus on language regulation".
  • Svetlana Vetchinnikova has defended her PhD thesis, Second language lexis and the idiom principle. Read the abstract and download the full text from Helsinki's E-thesis service.
  • Maria Kuteeva & Anna Mauranen have edited a special issue of the Journal of English for Academic Purposes 13: Writing for publication in multilingual contexts. Find their introduction here.
  • Kaisa Pietikäinen has published an article entitled ELF couples and automatic code-switching in the Journal of English as a Lingua Franca 3(1).