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Query Details


Query Subject:   Equivalents of General Service List for MFLs
Author:   Zoe Handley
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Applied Linguistics

Query:   Hi Everyone,

I was wondering whether anyone could help me in my search for equivalents
of West's (1953) General Service List, frequency-ordered list of basic
English vocab, for the following languages:

- French
- German
- Spanish
- Italian
- Chinese

Thanks in advance for your help with this
I will post a summary of replies

Zoe Handley
LSRI, University of Nottingham
LL Issue: 20.198
Date posted: 22-Jan-2009



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