Seville Corpus of Northern English (SCONE)

The SCONE corpus makes available the texts (manuscripts and epigraphic material) collected and analysed in the course of previous research on the history of northern English from the 7th to the 16th centuries.

This electronic version of the texts includes both the edition of the manuscripts and inscriptions, and information about the language at different linguistic levels: spelling/phonology, morphosyntax and lexis.

Three versions of each text are available:

  • A fully annotated, TEI conformant, xml version
  • A user friendly html version generated from the xml, which displays the relevant annotated features
  • A plain text version

The main purpose of the corpus is to highlight the features that characterize these texts as northern.

In addition to elaborating the e-corpus, this project aims at identifying those features of contemporary northern dialects which can be traced back either to Old Northumbrian or to innovations that appear in Middle English.

Project leader: Dra. Julia Fernández Cuesta, University of Seville
Time of compilation: 2008– (work in progress)
Languages: English
Number of texts/samples: 70
Period: 600–1590
Project home page:
Funding: Funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology, the National Programme for Scientific Research Development and Technological Innovation and the European Regional Development under grants (BFF2001-3135) and (HUM2007-62926)

Reference lines and copyright

Copyright: Departamento de Lengua Inglesa, Universidad de Sevilla.


Dra. Julia Fernández Cuesta (project leader)

Nieves Rodríguez Ledesma (Universidad de Sevilla)
Luisa García García (Universidad de Sevilla)
Inmaculada Senra (UNED, Madrid)
Marcelle Cole (Universidad de Sevilla)
Sara Pons Sanz (University of Nottingham)
Christopher Langmuir (Universidad de Sevilla)
Gabriel Amores (Universidad de Sevilla)
Fernando Gómez (Universidad de Sevilla)


open access

Technical information

XML, TEI P5 Conformant. Annotated with Oxygen software. Querying interface developed with eXist.