title VESPA
subtitle The Varieties of English for Specific Purposes dAtabase (VESPA) learner corpus
creator(s) Magali Paquot
research center(s) Centre for English Corpus Linguistics
description The VESPA learner corpus is a corpus of English for Specific Purposes (ESP) texts written by L2 writers with different L1 background (Dutch, Czech, French, German, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish). The corpus contains L2 texts in a range of disciplines (linguistics, business, biology, engineering), genres (term papers, reports, MA dissertations) and degrees of writer expertise in academic settings.
type(s) written
language(s) English
format(s) Extensible Markup Language (.xml)
date 2008
keywords learner corpus, English for Academic Purposes
contributor(s) See list of partners
contact Magali Paquot <>
corpus reference

Paquot, M., Hasselgård, H. & S. Oksefjell Ebeling (2013). Writer/reader visibility in learner writing across genres: A comparison of the French and Norwegian components of the ICLE and VESPA learner corpora. In S. Granger, G. Gilquin & F. Meunier (Eds) Twenty Years of Learner Corpus Research: Looking back, Moving ahead. Corpora and Language in Use – Proceedings 1, Louvain-la-Neuve: Presses universitaires de Louvain.