Word Frequency

Word lists by frequency are lists of a language's words grouped by frequency of occurrence within some given text corpus, either by levels or as a ranked list, serving the purpose of vocabulary acquisition. A word list by frequency "provides a rational basis for making sure that learners get the best return for their vocabulary learning effort", (Nation 1997) but is mainly intended for course writers, not directly for learners. Some major pitfalls are the corpus content, the corpus register, and the definition of "word".
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