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The Corpus of English Religious Prose (COERP) is a diachronic multi-genre corpus, which, in its final version, will cover English religious prose from 1150 to 1800.

It is designed to reflect both continuity and change of English writing in one of its most important domains, with emphasis on innovation, transformation, and loss in genres. It is suited to meet the needs of both long-term diachronic studies as well as synchronic studies, particularly from a pragmatic, text-linguistic perspective and with a special interest in the history of individual genres.

corpus description:  multi-genre corpus, genres of the religious domain

approximate size:  ca. 1 m. words (Early Modern English sampler)

approximate number of texts:  ca. 240 (Early Modern English sampler)

language:  English

project leader:  Thomas Kohnen

compilers:  Thomas Kohnen, Tanja Rütten, Ingvilt Marcoe, Kirsten Gather, Dorothee Groeger, Anne Döring, Stefanie Leu

start of compilation:  2003

availability:  Early Modern English sampler (1500 - 1700)