Language Resources and Evaluation

, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp 127–152 | Cite as

Efficient corpus development for lexicography: building the New Corpus for Ireland

  • Adam Kilgarriff
  • Michael Rundell
  • Elaine Uí Dhonnchadha
Original Paper


In a 12-month project we have developed a new, register-diverse, 55-million-word bilingual corpus—the New Corpus for Ireland (NCI)—to support the creation of a new English-to-Irish dictionary. The paper describes the strategies we employed, and the solutions to problems encountered. We believe we have a good model for corpus creation for lexicography, and others may find it useful as a blueprint. The corpus has two parts, one Irish, the other Hiberno-English (English as spoken in Ireland). We describe its design, collection and encoding.


Corpus linguistics Lexicography Computational linguistics Natural language processing Dictionaries Irish Gaelic Hiberno-English Language technology 



In addition to the authors, the main corpus-development team comprised Steve Finch, Eamon Keegan, Eoghan Mac Aogáin, Mark McLauchlan, Lisa Nic Shea, Jo O’Donoghue, Paul Atkins, Pavel Rychly and Dan Xu, all of whom deserve our heartfelt gratitude. We would also like to thank Seosamh Ó Murchú, Foras na Gaeilge’s Project Manager for the NEID, for his supportive role; Josef van Genabith of Dublin City University, for arranging the student internships; Dónall Ó Riagáin for helpful advice at the corpus design stage; John Kirk of the Queen’s University, Belfast, for permission to use NICTS; and Anne O’Keefe and Fiona Farr of the University of Limerick, for permission to use the Limerick Corpus of Irish English.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adam Kilgarriff
    • 1
  • Michael Rundell
    • 1
  • Elaine Uí Dhonnchadha
    • 2
  1. 1.Lexicography MasterClass LtdBrightonUK
  2. 2.Trinity CollegeDublinIreland

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