Current state of Eastern Armenian studies requires new approaches and linguistic tools to validate key empirical hypotheses and findings as well as to expand the field of research. Corpus-based approach will allow revisiting the aspects of the traditional grammar that have not been sufficiently studied and will facilitate developing new descriptive and theoretical concepts.
Eastern Armenian National Corpus (EANC) provides linguists with a searchable annotated database of Eastern Armenian. EANC includes empirical linguistic data ranging from classical Standard Eastern Armenian literature to Yerevan street talk recorded and transcribed in 2008.
The immediate objective of EANC is to help linguists find and explore sentences (occurrences) in SEA texts that meet specific search criteria. EANC allows searching for:
EANC also provides a researcher with an option to build a user-defined subcorpus, such as a single author subcorpus, or a subcorpus containing specific genres and/or periods.
EANC is a "national" corpus in the sense that it attempts to build the fullest possible representation of the Eastern Armenian language in all its culturally and socially significant aspects, following in the tradition of existing online national corpora – British National Corpus, Russian National Corpus and others.