Word Length and Word Frequency
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).
KeywordsWord Frequency Word Length Word Form Fairy Tale Homogeneous Text
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