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The Visual Language Research Corpus (VLRC) Project

Cohn, Neil;
Open Access
Published: 01 Jan 2022
Country: Netherlands

The Visual Language Research Corpus (VLRC) is comprised of annotations of a corpus of comics analyzing the structures in visual languages of the world. The VLRC includes ~36,000 coded panels from 300+ comics from Europe, Asia, and the United States, spanning across 80 decades of publication dates (1940-present), and various genres (e.g., superhero, indy, etc.). It also includes annotation of the entire run of the Calvin & Hobbes comic strip. Comics have been analyzed for a variety of properties, including panel framing, situational relations between panels, external compositional structure (page layout), multimodality, and a variety of other structures.


Arts and Humanities, Tilburg University, Visual language, Comics, Corpus analysis, Cross-cultural comparison

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Visual narratives as a window into language and cognition
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 850975
  • Funding stream: H2020 | ERC | ERC-STG
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Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage
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