#LancsBox: Lancaster Desktop Corpus Toolbox


What is #LancsBox?

LancsBox is a new software package for the analysis of language data and corpora developed at Lancaster University. It can be used by linguists, language teachers, historians, sociologists, educators and anyone interested in language. It is free to use for non-commercial purposes and works with any operating system.

What can I do with #LancsBox?

LancsBox provides sophisticated analysis of large amounts of language data. All you need to do is upload your data as plain text files and start the analysis. In particular, LancsBox:

Development team

Vaclav Brezina, Tony McEnery, Matt Timperley and Stephen Wattam (version 1. 2015-2016).

Visual design

Rachael Hill

Student helpers

Samuel Armstrong, David Ellis (both 2017 SPRINT internship)

Citation article

Brezina, V., McEnery, T., & Wattam, S. (2015). Collocations in context: A new perspective on collocation networks. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, 20(2), 139-173.


LancsBox is free for non-commercial use and is distributed under the CC BY-NC-ND Creative Commons license.

All in one box: Coming up in future versions


The development of LancsBox was supported by the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science, ESRC grant reference ES/K002155/1.