International Corpus of English – the British component (ICE-GB)

The International Corpus of English (ICE) began in 1990 with the primary aim of providing material for comparative studies of varieties of English throughout the world. ICE-GB is the British component of the ICE corpus. It is fully grammatically annotated, permitting complex and detailed searches across the whole corpus.

Project leader: Survey of English Usage
Time of compilation: 1990–1998
Size: 1,061,264 words
Language: English
Number of texts/samples: 500 texts of approximately 2,000 words each
Period: 1990-1992
Released: 1998 (version 1); 2006 (version 2)
Project home page:


Nelson, Gerald, Sean Wallis and Bas Aarts. 2002. Exploring Natural Language: Working with the British Component of the International Corpus of English. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

A Quick Guide to the TOSCA/ICE Grammar


The ICE project is internationally coordinated by Dr Gerald Nelson at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

The ICE-GB project is coordinated by the Survey of English Usage.


Available on CD-ROM with ICECUP 3.1. Release 2 is aligned with the 300 audio recordings which are available as an optional extra.