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Query:   Summary: English word frequency
Author:  Alex Zheltuhin
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Language Documentation

Summary:   10 DAYS AGO I POSTED A QUERY ABOUT RECENT ENGLISH WORD FREQUENCY LISTS.
COUNTER MY EXPECTATIONS, I RECEIVED VERY FEW REFERENCES TO THE RELEVANT
ON-LINE RESOURCES.
I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE FOLLOWING LINGUIST SUBSCRIBERS FOR THEIR
KIND RESPONSES:
JULIE VONWILLER
LYNN SANTELMANN
TIMOTHY JAY
BARBARA PEARSON
MARIE C. EGAN

SUGGESTIONS THAT I RECEIVED ARE GIVEN BELOW IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER.

JULIE VONWILLER:

MOST OF THE MAJOR NEWSPAPERS HAVE THEIR PAPERS ON LINE. WORD
FREQUENCIES WOULD BE AVAILABLE THAT WAY. OTHERWISE CHECK THE
COMP.SPEECH SITE FOR REFERENCES. I THINK THEY LIST THAT KIND OF
THING. ALSO MOST DICTIONARY PUBLISHING FORMS HAVE WEB SITES NOW.



LYNN SANTELMANN:

IF YOU GO TO THE WEBSITE FOR THE LINGUIST LIST, THEY HAVE LINKS
TO SEVERAL ON-LINE SOURCES FOR WORD FREQUENCY. THE LDC AT UPENN
IS THE FIRST THAT COMES TO MIND, BUT THERE ARE OTHERS TOO.




TIMOTHY JAY:

I HAVE A CHAPTER ON WORD FREQUENCY IN CURSING IN AMERICA (1992, JOHN
BENJAMINS PUB CO - 1-800-562-5666). MY RESEARCH INDICATES HOW
FREQUENCY ESTIMATES EXCLUDE THE USAGE OF OFFENSIVE WORDS, ALONG WITH
GENERAL PROBLEMS OF ESTIMATING WORD USAGE.

BARBARA PEARSON AND MARIE C. EGAN REFERRED TO

FRANCIS, W. N. & KUCERA, H. (1982). FREQUENCY ANALYSIS OF ENGLISH
USAGE: LEXICON AND GRAMMAR. BOSTON, MA: HOUGHTON MIFFLIN.


I WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND THIS LIST OF SUGGESTIONS WITH ADDITIONAL
REFERENCES OF INTEREST:

KUCERA, H. & FRAANCIS, W. N. (1967). COMPUTATIONAL ANALYSIS OF
PRESENT-DAY AMERICAN ENGLISH. PROVIDENCE, RI: BROWN UNIVERSITY PRESS.

BLOOM, P.A., & FISHLER, I. (1980). COMPLETION NORMS FOR
329 SENTENCE CONTEXTS. MEMORY AND COGNITION, 8, 631-642.

ON LETTER/BIGRAM/TRIGRAM FREQUENCY SEE: SOLSO, R. L., & KING,
J. F. (1976). FREQUENCY AND VERSATILITY OF LETTERS IN THE ENDLISH
LANGUAGE. BEHAVIOR RESEARCH METHODS AND INSTRUMENTATION, 8, 283-286.

SOLSO, R. L., BARBUTO, P. F. & JUEL, C. L. (1979). BIGRAM AND TRIGRAM
FREQUENCY AND VERSATILITY IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. BEHAVIOR RESEARCH
METHODS AND INSTRUMENTATION, 11, 475-484.

WEB SITES:

HTTP://RRECK.SEALSOFT.COM/LANDTOOLS.HTML
THERE IS A LINK TO THIS SITE ON THE LINGUIST'S WEB PAGE.

HCRC MAP TASK CORPUS (150,000 TOKENS)
HTTP://WWW.COGSCI.ED.AC.UK/ELSNET/RESOURCES/MAP-TASK/MT_CORPUS.HTML

ARTFL PROJECT WORD FREQUENCY SEARCH FORM AT
HTTP://HUMANITIES.UCHICAGO.EDU/FORMS_UNREST/ARTFL.WL.HTML

STATISTICS GATHERED FOR THE MOST FREQUENT WORDS FOUND ON USENET IN
1992: WWW.SC.PDX.EDU/~KENRICK/CS350/ASSIGNMENTS/PROGRAM1/HTML

A FOLLOW-UP ON KUCERA & FRANCIS STUDY:
HTTP://HOTSPUR.PSYCH.YORKU.CA/SCS/ONLINE/PAIVIO/DENSITY.HTML

I AM VERY MUCH LOOKING FORWARD TO FURTHER REFERENCES AND SUGGESTIONS
ON THE SUBJECT. IF I RECEIVE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, I WILL CERTAINLY
UPDATE THE SUMMARY. AND ONCE AGAIN, MANY THANKS TO THOSE WHO
RESPONDED!

REGARDS,

ALEXANDER ZHELTUKHIN, PH.D.
ALEXZ@AMBER.GATECH.EDU

LL Issue: 9.258
Date Posted: 22-Feb-1998
Original Query: Read original query