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Sun Nov 21 2010

Qs: Database for Frequencies of Polysemous Word Senses

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        1.     Laura Morett , Database for Frequencies of Polysemous Word Senses

Message 1: Database for Frequencies of Polysemous Word Senses
Date: 18-Nov-2010
From: Laura Morett <lmorettucsc.edu>
Subject: Database for Frequencies of Polysemous Word Senses
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Does anyone know of a database that quantifies the frequency of how
often different senses of polysemous words in English are used in
spontaneous speech and/or text? It seems as though there are some
polysemous words for which the top 2 meanings are used roughly equally
(e.g., ring), and there are some where meaning 1 is used much more
frequently than meaning 2 (e.g., die), but I can't find any corpus-based
databases with data to justify this intuition.

This is for a research study that I am planning on the relationship between
gesture and language meaning. I would appreciate any suggestions and
references!

Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

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