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Corpora are usually stored in an online repository, such as GitHub or a research data archive such as DANS.

Some corpora are supported by Text-Fabric apps.

These apps provide a browser interface for the corpus, and they enhance the API for working with them programmatically.

A TF app can also download and update the corpus data.

Current TF apps

acronym language/writing system name period description converted by
athenaeus Greek Works of Athenaeus 80 - 170 Deipnosophistae Ernst Boogert
banks modern english Iain M. Banks 1984 - 1987 99 words from the SF novel Consider Phlebas Dirk Roorda
bhsa Hebrew Hebrew Bible 1000 BC - 900 AD Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (Amstelodamensis) Dirk Roorda + ETCBC
dss Hebrew Dead Sea Scrolls 300 BC - 100 AD Transcriptions with morphology based on Martin Abegg's data files Dirk Roorda, Jarod Jacobs
nena Aramaic North Eastern Neo-Aramaic Corpus 2000 Nena Cambridge Cody Kingham
oldbabylonian Akkadian / cuneiform Old Babylonian letters 1900 - 1600 BC Altbabylonische Briefe in Umschrift und √úbersetzung Dirk Roorda, Cale Johnson
peshitta Syriac Syriac Old Testament 1000 BC - 900 AD Vetus Testamentum Syriace Dirk Roorda, Hannes Vlaardingerbroek
quran Arabic Quran 600 - 900 Quranic Arabic Corpus Dirk Roorda, Cornelis van Lit
syrnt Syriac Syriac New Testament 0 - 1000 Novum Testamentum Syriace Dirk Roorda, Hannes Vlaardingerbroek
tisch Greek New Testament 50 - 450 Greek New Testament in Tischendorf 8th Edition Cody Kingham
uruk proto-cuneiform Uruk 4000 - 3100 BC Archaic tablets from Uruk Dirk Roorda, Cale Johnson

All these apps can be found in annotation on GitHub. Each repo named app-appName hosts the app named appName.

Current TF corpora without an app

acronym language/writing system name period description converted by
patristics Greek Works by Church Fathers 200 - 600 see PThU Ernst Boogert


acronym language/writing system name period description converted by
oldassyrian Akkadian / cuneiform Old Assyrian documents 2000 - 1900 see About Dirk Roorda, Cale Johnson, Alba de Ridder, Martijn Kokken
oldroyal Akkadian-Sumerian cuneiform Bilingual royal inscriptions 2000 - 1600 more info to come Martijn Kokken, Dirk Roorda

Get apps


Text-Fabric downloads apps from annotation automatically when you use them.

If you do:

text-fabric xxxx

then Text-Fabric will fetch the xxxx app for you, if it exists.

Once you have the app, Text-Fabric will use your offline copy. It will not check for newer versions by default.

But if you pass -c resp check=True, Text-Fabric will check online for newer versions of the app and if there are, it will download the newest version and run it.

use('xxxx', check=True)
text-fabric xxxx -c

Apps end up in text-fabric-data/__apps__ relative your home directory.

If you have trouble with an app xxxx, just remove the entire directory text-fabric-data/__apps__/xxxx and run either of the commands above.

Get data


Text-Fabric apps download the corpus data for you automatically.

When you use the browser, it happens when you start it up.

And from within a Python program, you get the data when you do the incantation.

In a program (e.g. a Jupyter notebook):

text-fabric xxxx

This will also automatically upgrade your data if there are new releases. If you want to avoid upgrades, add the :local specifier.

use('xxxx', checkout='local')
text-fabric xxxx --checkout=local

There are more options, see the incantation.

Data ends up in text-fabric-data/orgName/repoName relative your home directory, where orgName is the organization or person on GitHub that has the repo repoName that contains the data.

The TF data is fairly compact.

Size of data

There might be sizable additional data for some corpora, images for example. In that case, take care to have a good internet connection when you use a TF app for the first time.


Corpus data of app-supported corpora reside in a GitHub repo. You can manually clone such a data repository and point Text-Fabric to that data.

First, take care that your clone ends up in github/orgName` (relative your home directory) where *orgName is the organization or person on GitHub under which you have found the repo.

Then, when you invoke the app, pass the specifier :clone. This instructs Text-Fabric to look in your local GitHub clone, rather than online or in text-fabric-data, where downloaded data is stored.

text-fabric xxxx --checkout=clone

In this way, you can work with data that is under your control.

Size of data

Cloning a data repository is more costly then letting Text-Fabric download the data. A data repository may contain several versions and representations of the data, including the their change histories. There might also be other material in the repo, such as source data, tutorials, programs.

For example, the etcbc/bhsa repo is several GB, but the TF data for a specific version is only 25MB.

Extra data

Researchers are continually adding new insights in the form of new feature data. TF apps make it easy to use that data alongside the main data source. Read more about the data life cycle in Data

More corpora


The text-fabric-data repo has some corpora that have been converted to TF, but for which no supporting TF-apps have been written.