Rostock Newspaper Corpus

(Provisional entry based on project website)

The basic body of the Rostock Newspaper Corpus(RNC-1) was assembled at Rostock University between 1996 and 2000. Initiated by Friedrich Ungerer and managed by Kristina Schneider, the corpus was designed for the investigation of global developments in news writing, particularly the development of popular journalism over the past three centuries (cf. Schneider 2002 for a detailed discussion).

RNC-1 comprises British news reports from 1700 to 2000. It consists of ten samples, drawn from six newspapers per period in 30- or 40-year intervals. Each newspaper is represented by a 10,000 word sample, thus yielding a total corpus size of 600,000 words.

Under the supervision of Birte Bös, we are currently working on RNC-2, a systematically condensed version of the basic corpus, which aims at covering three centuries of newspaper history in 10-year intervals. We hope that we will soon be able to make the corpus available to interested researchers.

Project leader: Birte Bös, RNC-1 Friedrich Ungerer, Kristina Schneider
Time of compilation: 1996-2000 (RNC-1), present (RNC-2)
Size: 600,000 words
Period: 1700-2000
Released: RNC-1 2000
Project home page:


Provided with the corpus.


Friedrich Ungerer, Kristina Schneider, Birte Bös


From April 2012, the corpus will be located at the University of Duisburg-Essen. For further information please contact Birte Bös at birte.boes(at)

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