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LING 3322/ROMS 3220: History of the Romance Languages (Fall 2010): Texts

A guide to library research

Online Collections

Text Corpus  Online


ARTFL A Cooperative Project of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and the University of Chicago. The corpus consists of nearly 2000 texts, ranging from classic works of French literature to various kinds of non-fiction prose and technical writing. The eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries are about equally represented, with a smaller selection of seventeenth century texts as well as some medieval and Renaissance texts. A Provençal database that includes 38 texts in their original spellings has recently been added. Also Italian texts.

Société des anciens textes français: some texts available online through Gallica.


Real Academia Española 

Anthology of Spanish Poetry

Corpora  Includes Corpus del Español 100 million words 1200s - 1900s Corpus do Português 45 million words 1300s - 1900s

Tips for Texts in Print

Use the Classic Catalog's guided keyword search


type in box 1: texts sources (any of these; as subject) 

type in box 2: french language (as subject)

box 3: century (example 12th) or date (examples: 1066 1500 1300) (any of these; as subject)



Many of the results will be "readers" or excerpts of texts. Check footnotes and bibliography of these works for more complete or different editions of the texts.


Virginia Cole

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Virginia A. Cole, Ph.D.
106 Olin Library

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