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Word Length and Word Frequency

  • Udo Strauss
  • Peter Grzybek
  • Gabriel Altmann
Part of the Text, Speech and Language Technology book series (TLTB, volume 31)

Since the appearance of Zipf’s works, (esp. Zipf 1932, 1935), his hypothesis “that the magnitude of words tends, on the whole, to stand in an inverse (not necessarily proportionate) relationship to the number of occurrences” (1935: 25) has been generally accepted. Zipf illustrated the relation between word length and frequency of word occurrence using German data, namely the frequency dictionary of Kaeding (1897–98).

Keywords

Word Frequency Word Length Word Form Fairy Tale Homogeneous Text 
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© Springer 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Udo Strauss
    • 1
  • Peter Grzybek
    • 2
  • Gabriel Altmann
  1. 1.AISGescherGermany
  2. 2.Institut für SlawistikKarl-Franzens-Universität GrazGrazAustria

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