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ERIC Number: ED056842
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Nov-26
Pages: 13
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Behind the Scenes in the Making of a Corpus-Based Dictionary and a Word Frequency Book.
Carroll, John B.
The publication next spring of the American Heritage Word Frequency Book and the American Heritage School Dictionary will mark a new advance in the technology of dictionary and word-frequency book construction. The use of high spped computers has enabled the compilers to analyze five million words from a body of materials frequently used in elementary and junior high schools. Computers helped make more extensive citations of works possible and thus facilitated choosing words to include in the dictionary and word frequency book. Because the last word frequency book was compiled in 1944, the change of types of materials used in schools and the rapid increase of new words in our language have made it necessary to have current information on word frequency for the use of teachers and writers of materials. New mathematical techniques have improved the accuracy and scope of word frequency analysis. The word frequencies are listed by grades, thus enabling teachers and writers to get accurate information on the specific level they are interested in. Word frequency information has been found to be helpful in determining readability and selection of texts, choosing words for use in psychological studies, teaching of English as a second language, and compiling vocabulary lists. References are included. (AL)
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Note: Paper presented at the meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English, Las Vegas, Nev., Nov. 22-27, 1971