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LINGUIST List 18.3620

Tue Dec 04 2007

Qs: Frequency Dictionary of Spanish

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        1.    Rachel Varra, Frequency Dictionary of Spanish

Message 1: Frequency Dictionary of Spanish
Date: 03-Dec-2007
From: Rachel Varra <rvarragc.cuny.edu>
Subject: Frequency Dictionary of Spanish
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I am looking for a Frequency Dictionary of Spanish words. The research I'm
doing involves estimating how familiar participants (Latin American SPanish
speakers) might be with language used in official documents, such as might
be found in a dentist office. I am looking for a dictionary based on a
Latin American corpus of Spanish, preferably oral speech (both natural and
prepared, as in speeches) and written speech (from various sources, like
journals, literature, poetry, etc.) If it is based on a mix of Latin and
Peninsular sources, that is okay too. The dictionary should be fairly
recent... published within the last 10-15 years. Furthermore, I would
prefer that frequency of different forms of words are provided, such as
''comes'' [you eat] alongside ''comer'' [to eat].

I have looked at dictionaries primarily by Davies (2006) and Juillard &
Chang-Rodriguez (1964). The problem with the Davies dictionary is that it
combines forms into one entry, and concentrates on lexical vocab and does
not include for example articles like ''el'' ['the' masc. sing] and ''la''
['the' fem. sing.]

Juillard & Chang-Rodriguez is very thorough and detailed, but it is over 50
years old, and is based on purely Peninsular Spanish sources (and some very
old ones at that), as is another I saw: the Almela, Cantos, Sánchez y
Sarmiento dictionary online.

Thank you kindly for any response.

--Rachel Varra

Linguistic Field(s): Text/Corpus Linguistics

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