Welcome to ICAME

ICAME is an international group of linguists and data scientists working with English language corpora. The organization was founded in 1977 in Oslo, Norway, originally under the name of International Computer Archive of Modern English. The first “conference” was a symposium with 37 participants from 10 different countries held in 1979. Since then, the yearly ICAME conferences have grown into much bigger events, welcoming new members and long-term ICAMErs alike.

Jan Svartvik, 1931-2024

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Emeritus Professor Jan Svartvik, Lund University, Sweden.

  Jan was born on 18 August 1931 in the county of Värmland in Sweden and died in Lund on 18 June 2024. He studied at Uppsala and University College London (UCL) and became Professor of English Language at Lund University in 1970, a chair he held for 25 years till his retirement.

  Jan is well-known for his early and innovative development of machine-readable corpora in collaboration with the Survey of English Usage at UCL, in particular the world’s first spoken corpus, London–Lund Corpus of spoken British English, launched in the mid-1970s.

  He wrote many books and articles, both single-authored publications and publications in collaboration with colleagues. Best-known of them all is perhaps the impressive Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language (1985), which he co-authored with Randolph Quirk, Sidney Greenbaum and Geoffrey Leech. This grammar book is still one of the standard reference grammars of English. He was also known for working with Geoffrey Leech on A Communicative Grammar of English (third edition, 2002), English: One Tongue, Many Voices (2006).

  Jan played a leading role in the foundation of ICAME, the International Computer Archive of Medieval and Modern English, which he co-founded in 1977. ICAME grew into an important international organisation with a focus on the computational analysis of the English language. It has an annual conference which attracts scholars from all over the world.


  Jan’s autobiography is here


Carita Paradis & Bas Aarts

Next ICAME Conference

ICAME 46, Vilnius University, Lithuania:
17-21 June 2025

The theme chosen for the conference is:

Venue: University of Vilnius


Jolanta Šinkūnienė and team

Conference Website: tba

ICAME Journal

Access the latest issues of the ICAME Journal:

Volume 48, Issue 1, May 2024
Volume 47, Issue 1, May 2023

For more information, go to the Journal page.