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Title: A Frequency Dictionary of American English
Subtitle: Word sketches, Collocates, and Thematic lists
Written By: Mark Davies
Dee Gardner

A Frequency Dictionary of Contemporary American English: word sketches,
collocates, and thematic lists is an invaluable tool for all learners of
American English, providing a list of the 5,000 most frequently used words
in the language.

The dictionary is based on data from a 385-million-word corpus--evenly
balanced between spoken English (unscripted conversation from radio and TV
shows), fiction (books, short stories, movie scripts), more than 100
popular magazines, ten newspapers, and 100 academic journals—for a total of
nearly 150,000 texts.

All entries in the rank frequency list feature the top 20–30 collocates
(nearby words) for that word, which provide valuable insight into the
meaning and usage. Alphabetical and part of speech indexes are provided for
ease of use. The dictionary also contains 31 thematically organized and
frequency-ranked lists of words on a variety of topics, such as family,
sports, and food. New words in the language, differences between American
and British English, and grammar topics such as the most frequent phrasal
verbs are also covered.

A Frequency Dictionary of Contemporary American English is an engaging and
efficient resource enabling students of all levels to get the most out of
their study of vocabulary. It is also a rich resource for language
teaching, research, curriculum design, and materials development.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
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Linguistic Field(s): Text/Corpus Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0415490642
ISBN-13: 9780415490641
Pages: 368
Prices: U.S. $ 150.00
U.K. £ 75.00

Format: Loose Leaf
ISBN: 0415490634
ISBN-13: 9780415490634
Pages: 368
Prices: U.K. £ 19.99
U.S. $ 39.95