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The word frequency effect: a review of recent developments and implications for the choice of frequency estimates in German.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21768069     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
We review recent evidence indicating that researchers in experimental psychology may have used suboptimal estimates of word frequency. Word frequency measures should be based on a corpus of at least 20 million words that contains language participants in psychology experiments are likely to have been exposed to. In addition, the quality of word frequency measures should be ascertained by correlating them with behavioral word processing data. When we apply these criteria to the word frequency measures available for the German language, we find that the commonly used Celex frequencies are the least powerful to predict lexical decision times. Better results are obtained with the Leipzig frequencies, the dlexDB frequencies, and the Google Books 2000-2009 frequencies. However, as in other languages the best performance is observed with subtitle-based word frequencies. The SUBTLEX-DE word frequencies collected for the present ms are made available in easy-to-use files and are free for educational purposes.
Authors:
Marc Brysbaert; Matthias Buchmeier; Markus Conrad; Arthur M Jacobs; Jens Bölte; Andrea Böhl
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Experimental psychology     Volume:  58     ISSN:  1618-3169     ISO Abbreviation:  Exp Psychol     Publication Date:  2011  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-08-22     Completed Date:  2011-12-27     Revised Date:  2012-01-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101138477     Medline TA:  Exp Psychol     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  412-24     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Deaprtment of Experimental Psychology, Ghent University, Belgium. marc.brysbaert@ugent.be
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Choice Behavior
Humans
Language*
Linguistics
Recognition (Psychology)*
Vocabulary*

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