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This paper reports on the construction of CANELC: the Cambridge and Nottingham e-language Corpus 3 . CANELC is a one million word corpus of digital communication in English, taken from online discussion boards, blogs, tweets, emails and SMS messages. The paper outlines the approaches used when planning the corpus: obtaining consent; collecting the data and compiling the corpus database. This is followed by a detailed analysis of some of the patterns of language used in the corpus. The analysisdoi:10.3366/cor.2014.0050 fatcat:4yfpcebsa5bkxmzehabnrtdb54