Mark Davies created
these corpora at Brigham Young University
(BYU), beginning in 2004. The corpora
were available online at corpus.byu.edu, and they were known as the "BYU Corpora".
During this time, people from outside of BYU used the corpora more than any other resource at BYU,
and the corpora were
cited more in academic publications than any other resource created at BYU.
the corpora were targeted (financially and otherwise) by
people at BYU in ways that seriously
threatened their existence, and
administrators would not intervene to help.
As a result of these actions, Mark
Davies moved the corpora off-campus to
www.english-corpora.org in 2019, and then Mark left BYU in
The end result of these changes is that there is no longer any connection
between the corpora and BYU. This will help to protect the corpora, and to ensure their long-term availability for
researchers, teachers, and students.
And finally, we would kindly request that you no longer refer to the
corpora from English-Corpora.org as the "BYU Corpora" in your publications,
presentations, and teaching. Thank you.