Ancient Chinese Corpus

Item Name: Ancient Chinese Corpus
Author(s): Xiaohe Chen, Bin Li, Minxuan Feng, Chao Xu, Runhua Xu, Min Shi, Lili Yu, Lei Xiao, Qingqing Wang
LDC Catalog No.: LDC2017T14
ISBN: 1-58563-816-1
ISLRN: 924-985-704-453-5
Release Date: October 18, 2017
Member Year(s): 2017
DCMI Type(s): Text
Data Source(s): non-fiction
Application(s): machine learning, part of speech tagging, historical linguistics
Language(s): Literary Chinese
Language ID(s): lzh
License(s): LDC User Agreement for Non-Members
Online Documentation: LDC2017T14 Documents
Licensing Instructions: Subscription & Standard Members, and Non-Members
Citation: Chen, Xiaohe, et al. Ancient Chinese Corpus LDC2017T14. Web Download. Philadelphia: Linguistic Data Consortium, 2017.


Ancient Chinese Corpus was developed at Nanjing Normal University. It contains word-segmented and part-of-speech tagged text from Zuozhuan, an ancient Chinese work believed to date from the Warring States Period (475-221 BC). Zuozhuan is a commentary on the Chunqui, a history of the Chinese Spring and Autumn period (770-476 BC). This release is part of a continuing project to develop a large, part-of-speech tagged ancient Chinese corpus.


Ancient Chinese Corpus consists of 180,000 Chinese characters and 195,000 segment units (including words and punctuation). The part-of-speech tag set was developed by Nanjing Normal University and contains 17 tags.

This release contains two text files: 268 paragraphs and 10,560 lines. A line is one sentence; paragraphs are separated by one empty line. Each word is tagged with its part-of-speech and separated by a space.

The files are presented in UTF-8 plain text files using traditional Chinese script.


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