British National Corpus (BNC)

The BNC 2014, which contains millions of words of spoken and written English, is being gathered by Lancaster University and Cambridge University Press, and is a new resource for research and teaching on contemporary British English.

It is the successor to the original British National Corpus, which was gathered in the early 1990s. By comparing the two corpora, researchers will be able to shed light on how British English may have changed over the last two decades.

Access the database

  • Database is not included in the main library search
  • Databases provided by UWE Bristol are for educational use only and should not be used for commercial corporate purposes or by unlicensed users

Access the British National Corpus database

Additional instructions

  • To use BNC 2014 for the first time, click the create account link
  • If you already have an account, enter your details and login
  • Once you have created your account, you will need to sign the BNC licence as an individual, before you can access the content
  • More information can be found in the database user guide (see below)
  • When you have an account and you have signed the licence you can access Spoken BNC 2014 or British National Corpus (XML edition) by clicking the links on the main menu of the database

Database user guides

For further information and help, contact us.

Accessibility statement

This resource does not currently have an accessibility statement.


Lancaster University and Cambridge University Press