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ERIC Number: EJ899258
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
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ISSN: ISSN-0142-7164
The Use of Film Subtitles to Estimate Word Frequencies
New, Boris; Brysbaert, Marc; Veronis, Jean; Pallier, Christophe
Applied Psycholinguistics, v28 n4 p661-677 Oct 2007
We examine the use of film subtitles as an approximation of word frequencies in human interactions. Because subtitle files are widely available on the Internet, they may present a fast and easy way to obtain word frequency measures in language registers other than text writing. We compiled a corpus of 52 million French words, coming from a variety of films. Frequency measures based on this corpus compared well to other spoken and written frequency measures, and explained variance in lexical decision times in addition to what is accounted for by the available French written frequency measures.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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