Hong Kong Corpus of Spoken English

Welcome to the HKCSE hosted by the Research Centre for Professional Communication in English of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The HKCSE is a large collection of texts representing spoken English in Hong Kong.  This is the orthographic version, if you would like to purchase or know more about the prosodic version (book with CD) click here to go to John Benjamins website.

There are currently 907,657 words in the HKCSE.

  • You can search for a word, e.g. people, not, or a phrase, e.g. Hong Kong people, a lot of, and find examples of its use in its context.

  • You can also search for an additional word in combination with your search word, e.g. people (search word) and different (additional word), or search phrase, e.g. I don't know (search phrase) and actually(additional word).

Enter search word or phrase   Additional word or phrase (optional)

The default setting displays up to 40 instances. You can click on the link at the top of the page to see all the instances in the HKCSE.

  • Click here to see the most frequent words in the HKCSE.

  • Click here to see the most frequent 2-word concgrams in the HKCSE.

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  1. For details of the contents of the HKCSE click here.
  2. Please note that the contents in the HKCSE do not represent the views of the organisation and/or writer.
  3. The computer software used to search the HKCSE is ConcGramOnline© designed and written by Chris Greaves, Senior Project Fellow, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
  4. The work to compile the HKCSE was substantially supported by a grant from the Research Grants Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (Project No. G-YE86). This support is gratefully acknowledged.