LINGUIST List 11.163

Tue Jan 25 2000

Sum: for Query 11.13:English Word Frequency

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  1. Jean Wang, for Query 11.13:English Word Frequency

Message 1: for Query 11.13:English Word Frequency

Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2000 14:27:10 -0800 (PST)
From: Jean Wang <>
Subject: for Query 11.13:English Word Frequency

Sum: English Word Frequency

I would like to thank all who responded to my request for information on
English word frequency. They are (in no particular order) Aaron Lawson,
Chris Beckwith, Christopher Hogan, Betty Phillips, Susanne Borgwaldt, Mark
Sharp. The following is the summary:

Aaron Lawson is the current director of Cornell
University's Spoken North American English Pilot corpus project. Currently
their information is not accessible on the Web but Aaron Lawson has kindly
helped me to solve my problems.

Chris Beckwith recommended the following Website:

Christopher Hogan thinks that nowadays word frequencies
can be easily produced from available corpora and it is not likely that
lists of word frequencies would be published. (Maybe that's why we cannot
find the latest word frequency lists published.)

Susanne Borgwaldt recommended the CELEX-database with
frequency information for English, Dutch and German:

Mark Sharp indicated that the university of Reading linguistics dept has
a computer corpus, and that a frequency list may have been generated from
He provided the following e-mail address:

Betty Phillips reminded me of a previous summary that was posted on
Linguist List in February 1998.

Thanks again to all who kindly responded to my request.

Best Regards,

Jean Wang, Department of Linguistics, Simon Fraser University
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