The Hautes-Alpes already gathered 22.000 SMS !

Quebec already gathered 5.000 SMS !

Switzerland just finished a 24 000 SMS collection !

Switzerland published its own Website !
  La Réunion just finished a
12 000 SMS collection





The sms4science project is an international project coordinated by the CENTAL, a research center of the Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium). The center mainly focuses on Natural Language Processing. The CENTAL is involved in a lot of other projects; for more information, please visit this page.

An international corpus for the study of SMS language


In recent years, SMS communication has become a social phenomenon. Many scientific studies ( in linguistics, sociology, anthropology, psychology, communication etc.) have looked into this new form of communication, but their conclusions remain partial and incomplete. Indeed, researchers lack access to the extensive databases that would allow them to study corpora based on genuine material. The aim of the sms4science project is to contribute to the study of SMS communication and of its language. In order to reach this target, researchers from various countries are joining forces to undertake the composition, for a large number of languages, of a vast SMS corpus for scientific research.
sms4science, an international network of partners:


15 universities are partners in this project and are carrying out the composition of corpora for their countries.



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That's new!

2016: The corpus collection is over. Buy the sms corpus

2014: SMS Communication: A Linguistic Approach is out! Buy the book

March 2012: SMS Communication: A Linguistic Approach (More info)

December 2011: LREC workshop : @NLP can u tag #user_generated_content ?!

September 2011:  sms project launched in Montpellier!

June 2011: The Italian and Romansh parts of Switzerland are completing their collection!


January 2011: Call for papers on SMSs! "TEXTOS : dimensions culturelles, linguistiques et pragmatiques" 79ème congrès de l’ACFAS, Université de Sherbrooke, 12-13 mai 2011.

October 2010 : sms project launched in Hautes-Alpes !

June 2010 : sms4science on Video in Switzerland.

March 2010 : Canadian project on TV!

January 2010: sms4science on RSR Radio!





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