The SUSANNE Corpus
This message is intended for users or would-be users of the SUSANNE
Corpus, which is a sample of written American English annotated in
conformity with a structural annotation scheme that attempts to define
a predictable notation for every aspect of the structure of real-life
English that is definite enough to be indicated in such annotations.
The SUSANNE Corpus has been distributed via ftp from the Oxford Text
Archive unproblematically since late 1992. Unfortunately, on the
eve of publication of the book which defines the annotation scheme
and includes a printed statement of how to access it via ftp
(Geoffrey Sampson, _English for the Computer_, due out from Oxford
University Press on 23 February 1995), the Archive has rearranged its
directory structure so that the existing instructions no longer work.
(I had no advance notice that this was going to happen.)
To get hold of the SUSANNE Corpus now, make a connexion by anonymous
ftp to "ota.ox.ac.uk", and cd to the directory /pub/ota/public/susanne.
Then follow the instructions contained in the README file in that
At the moment (14 February) the version of the SUSANNE Corpus available
by ftp is Release 3, completed in April 1994. However, a Release 4,
eliminating a few dozen errors discovered in checking the proofs of
_English for the Computer_, has been completed and a copy has been
given to the Archive; I believe they will be installing it in place of
Release 3 within days.
I am sorry for the confusion and any inconvenience.