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LINGUIST List 16.2876

Wed Oct 05 2005

Qs: Word Token Frequency - Adult Speakers; Genie

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        1.    Bill Croft, Word Token Frequency Estimates for Adult Speakers
        2.    Alan Kaye, Genie - Recent Information

Message 1: Word Token Frequency Estimates for Adult Speakers
Date: 05-Oct-2005
From: Bill Croft <w.croftmanchester.ac.uk>
Subject: Word Token Frequency Estimates for Adult Speakers

Are there any published (or unpublished) estimates of how many words a
typical speaker is exposed to (produces and hears), per day, or per year,
or even in a lifetime? I am aware of some token frequency estimates of
exposure to language use by children acquiring language (though I don't
have the references), but not for adults.

I will post a summary.

Bill Croft

Linguistic Field(s): Text/Corpus Linguistics

Message 2: Genie - Recent Information
Date: 02-Oct-2005
From: Alan Kaye <akayeExchange.FULLERTON.EDU>
Subject: Genie - Recent Information

The last thing I have been able to find about GENIE: The Modern-Day Wild
Child is from THE CIVILIZING OF GENIE, by MAYA PINES (from Teaching English
through the Disciplines: Psychology, Loretta F. Kasper, Ed., Whittier,
1997). In teaching linguistics courses about her for many years, I would
like to be able to present the latest on her and her development. She
would be 48 years old now. If readers of The Linguist would send me any
and all recent info.

I will post a summary for The Linguist. Basically, there is nothing known to
me after the NOVA television program aired about 10 years ago, and that
summarized her development up to her early 20s.

Alan Kaye
Calif. State Univ.
Fullerton, CA 92834


Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science

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