BNCLab was created as part of the ESRC-funded project The British National Corpus (BNC) as a sociolinguistic dataset: Exploring individual and social variation, carried out by a team including Vaclav Brezina, Dana Gablasova, Tony McEnery, Miriam Meyerhoff and Susan Reichelt.

The project focuses on a variety of sociolinguistic variables and aims to provide new insights into theories of language change on community, generation, and individual levels. The data used in this platform were extracted from the demographic part of the British National Corpus 1994 and the Spoken British National Corpus 2014.