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Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, & Computers

, Volume 32, Issue 3, pp 482–500 | Cite as

A Japanese logographic character frequency list for cognitive science research

  • Nobuko ChikamatsuEmail author
  • Shoichi Yokoyama
  • Hironari Nozaki
  • Eric Long
  • Sachio Fukuda
Article

Abstract

This paper describes a Japanese logographic character (kanji) frequency list, which is based on an analysis of the largest recently available corpus of Japanese words and characters. This corpus comprised a full year of morning and evening editions of a major newspaper, containing more than 23 million kanji characters and more than 4,000 different kanji characters. This paper lists the 3,000 most frequent kanji characters, as well as an analysis of kanji usage and correlations between the present list and previous Japanese frequency lists. The authors believe that the present list will help researchers more accurately and efficiently control the selection of kanji characters in cognitive science research and interpret related psycholinguistic data.

Keywords

Rapid Serial Visual Presentation Present List Japanese Industrial Standard Printable Character Japanese Word 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nobuko Chikamatsu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Shoichi Yokoyama
    • 2
  • Hironari Nozaki
    • 3
  • Eric Long
    • 4
  • Sachio Fukuda
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Modern LanguagesDePaul UniversityChicago
  2. 2.National Language Research Institute of JapanTokyoJapan
  3. 3.Aichi University of EducationKariyaJapan
  4. 4.National Language Research Institute of JapanTokyoJapan
  5. 5.Yokohama National UniversityYokohamaJapan

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