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ERIC Number: ED144116
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 258
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The Lasting Properties of Word-Counts.
Singleton, Cleavonne
This study compared the vocabulary of the period from 1943 to 1945 to the vocabulary of 1975. In addition to a direct comparison of word use, an indirect comparison was made using Thorndike's word list in the "Teacher's Word Book" (1931). The 1975 vocabulary, based on frequency of word appearance, was derived from 93 speeches made by students in public-speaking classes at Wabash College during 1975. Similar analysis of vocabulary made during the earlier period produced a system of categorization by word frequency, which was also used to evaluate the speech of 1975. Data indicated that, while the first two categories--the most frequently occurring words--correlated highly, the frequencies of remaining words were not highly correlated. The spoken vocabulary of 1975 was not found to differ markedly from the spoken vocabulary of the earlier period, in terms of the number of different words used; speakers during both periods tended to use their words in the same ratios. Overall, the two vocabularies were found to be overlapping subsamples of Thorndike's word book. Words that were singular to the speech of either group were neologisms, slang, and occupational jargon. (Author/KS)
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, The Ohio State University