[Corpora-List] Frequency of masc./fem/neut. in German

Sven Hartrumpf Sven.Hartrumpf
Thu Apr 16 15:03:05 CEST 2009


Wed, 15 Apr 2009 10:35:13 -0700, slobin wrote:


> How does this count treat noun compounds?
> E.g., das Werk, der Werkfuehrer, die Werkstatt ... /
> die Kammer, das Kammerwasser, der Kammerbeamter ...

Not specially. Nominal compounds receive their gender from the last part (the base part). In the lexica I cited, compounds do occur, but -- normally -- (semantically) regular compounds are avoided in such lexica. But I would expect no big change if including more and more compounds in the counts.

For example, I just took the 127,356 most frequent nominal compounds from an older German Wikipedia (2006-11-30) and the distribution is similar:


> > fem masc neut
> > HaGenLex 6409 4702 1723

49.9% 36.6% 13.4%
> > CELEX+HaGenLex 23311 15846 10064

47.4% 32.2% 20.4%

Wikipedia compounds 43.8% 34.4% 21.8%

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