LINGUIST List 14.3261

Wed Nov 26 2003

Qs: English Word Frequency; French/Polish Speakers

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  1. William Morris, Working vocabulary size
  2. Natalia Slaska, French / Polish speakers in the UK

Message 1: Working vocabulary size

Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2003 12:06:08 -0500 (EST)
From: William Morris <williambangel.demon.co.uk>
Subject: Working vocabulary size

I understand that to learn English, a vocabulary of about 3000 words
is sufficient. Is a list of such high frequency words available
somewhere? Are there similar lists available for other languages (eg
Spanish)?

Subject-Language: English; Code: ENG 
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Message 2: French / Polish speakers in the UK

Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2003 12:24:40 -0500 (EST)
From: Natalia Slaska <natalia.slaskasheffield.ac.uk>
Subject: French / Polish speakers in the UK

I'm a PhD student in the department of English Language and
Linguistics at the University of Sheffield. As part of my research,
I need to collect some data from French and Polish native speakers
who spent at least the first twelve years of their life in France /
Poland and at least the last two years in the UK.

If you are French or Polish, and would be willing to participate in my
study, I'd be extremely grateful if you could email me:
natalia.slaskashef.ac. uk.

My data-collection entails sending each speaker a list of 207 concepts
in English and asking for the French / Polish equivalents. The
concepts are all basic items (colours, animals, parts of the body,
etc.)and it takes about 30 minutes to work through all of them.

Many thanks in advance.

Natalia Slaska
PhD Student
Department of English Language and Linguistics
University of Sheffield
Sheffield
S10 2TN
UK

http://www.shef.ac.uk/english/language/research/personnel/natalia.html

Subject-Language: French;Polish; Code: PQL 
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