SUBTLEX-UK: a new and improved word frequency database for British English

van Heuven, Walter J.B. and Mandera, Pawel and Keuleers, Emmanuel and Brysbaert, Marc (2014) SUBTLEX-UK: a new and improved word frequency database for British English. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology . pp. 1-15. ISSN 1747-0218

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We present word frequencies based on subtitles of British television programmes. We show that the

SUBTLEX-UK word frequencies explain more of the variance in the lexical decision times of

the British Lexicon Project than the word frequencies based on the British National Corpus and the

SUBTLEX-US frequencies. In addition to the word form frequencies, we also present measures of contextual

diversity part-of-speech specific word frequencies, word frequencies in children programmes,

and word bigram frequencies, giving researchers of British English access to the full range of norms

recently made available for other languages. Finally, we introduce a new measure of word frequency,

the Zipf scale, which we hope will stop the current misunderstandings of the word frequency effect.

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Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Science > School of Psychology
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Depositing User: de Sousa, Mrs Shona
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2014 09:46
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