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

van Heuven, Walter J.B.; Mandera, Pawel; Keuleers, Emmanuel; Brysbaert, Marc

Authors

Walter J.B. van Heuven

Pawel Mandera

Emmanuel Keuleers

Marc Brysbaert

Abstract

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.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 13, 2014
Journal Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology
Print ISSN 1747-0218
Electronic ISSN 1747-0218
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Institution Citation van Heuven, W. J., Mandera, P., Keuleers, E., & Brysbaert, M. (2014). SUBTLEX-UK: a new and improved word frequency database for British English. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, doi:10.1080/17470218.2013.850521
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/17470218.2013.850521
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17470218.2013.850521
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

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