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Query:   Equivalents to the General Service List
Author:  Zoe Handley
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Applied Linguistics

Summary:   Dear Linguist List Readers,

A few weeks ago, I posted a request for references and links to equivalents
of West’s (1953) General Service List, a frequency ordered list of basic
English vocabulary for the following languages.

Here is a summary of responses:

- French
Gougenheim’s Francais Fondamental
Gougenheim, G., Michéa, R., Rivenc, P., Sauvageot, A. 1956 / 1964.
L'Elaboration du Français Fondamental (1er degré). Paris: Didier.
Gougenheim, G., Rivenc, P., Hassan, M. 1964. Le français fondamental.
Tendances Nouvelles en Matière de Recherche Linguistique. L'Education en
Europe, 5/2, p.72.
Gougenheim, G. 1958 / 1977. Dictionnaire Fondamental de la Langue
Française. Paris: Didier.

Web resources

- Spanish

- Italian

- Chinese
Dictionary of Usage Frequency of Modern Chinese Words IMPRINT. Beijing:
Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics Press DATE: 1990
Wang, Huan (1986) Dictionary of the frequency of vocabulary in modern
Chinese. Beijing : Beijing Languages Institute Press.
Frequency dictionary of Chinese words. The Hague, Mouton, 1973.
Rousseau and Zhang (1992) Zipf's data on the frequency of Chinese words
revisited. Scientometrics. 24 (2)

- Various languages
Eaton (1961) An English, French, German, Spanish Word Frequency Dictionary:
A Correlation of the First Six Thousand Words in Four Single-language
Frequency Lists. New York: Dover.
http://www.lexiteria.com/database/word_frequency_list.html (commercial)

- Software for estimating the frequency of words in a corpus

Further to the above, it was suggested that the Common European Framework
includes word lists – unfortunately, I have not managed to find them as yet.

Thanks to Michael Alvarez-Pereyre, Carmela Chateau, Alex Boulton and Israel
Cohen for their contributions.

Zoe Handley

LL Issue: 20.513
Date Posted: 18-Feb-2009
Original Query: Read original query


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