[Corpora-List] Frequency lists (corrected)

Rayson, Paul rayson at exchange.lancs.ac.uk
Mon Feb 23 12:34:16 CET 2009

Dear Chris,

There is a companion website for the Leech et al book at:


and if you have a look in the foreword there are references to other earlier frequency lists such as West, Thorndike and Lorge etc. The foreword is also online:


Are you just interested in lists for English?



Dr. Paul Rayson

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From: corpora-bounces at uib.no [mailto:corpora-bounces at uib.no] On Behalf Of CRuehlemann at aol.com Sent: 23 February 2009 09:50 To: CORPORA at UIB.NO Subject: [Corpora-List] Frequency lists (corrected)

Dear All

I'm interested in two questions related to word frequency lists:

(i) The published frequency lists I am aware of include the following few:


Kilgarriff, A. (1998). ‘BNC database and word frequency lists.’ http://www.kilgarriff.co.uk/bnc-readme.html <http://www.kilgarriff.co.uk/bnc-readme.html>

Leech, G., P. Rayson and A. Wilson. (2001). Word Frequencies in Written and Spoken English: Based on the British National Corpus. London: Longman


McCarthy, M. J. (1998). Spoken Language and Applied Linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Could anybody point me to more word frequency lists available either in print or on the internet?

(ii) As far as I know, the definite article the tops most word frequency lists derived from general corpora. Is anybody aware of any published in-depth discussion of this finding in terms of reference, be it anaphoric, cataphoric or deictic?

Any help is greatly appreciated. A summary will be posted.


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