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Title: The use of film subtitles to estimate word frequencies
Author: Boris New
Institution: Université Paris V - Descartes
Author: Marc Brysbaert
Institution: University of London
Author: Jean Véronis
Institution: Université de Provence
Author: Christophe Pallier
Institution: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Linguistic Field: Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics
Abstract: We examine the use of film subtitles as an approximation of word frequencies in human interactions. Because subtitle files are widely available on the Internet, they may present a fast and easy way to obtain word frequency measures in language registers other than text writing. We compiled a corpus of 52 million French words, coming from a variety of films. Frequency measures based on this corpus compared well to other spoken and written frequency measures, and explained variance in lexical decision times in addition to what is accounted for by the available French written frequency measures.

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This article appears IN Applied Psycholinguistics Vol. 28, Issue 4, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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