John R Taylor

in The Mental Corpus

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199290802
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741388 | DOI:

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Different elements of a language, be they words, sounds, phrases, or constructions, exhibit characteristic and stable frequencies. All kinds of psycholinguistic tasks show that speakers ‘know’ these frequencies. The matter is illustrated on the interpretation of garden path sentences. Frequencies are therefore ‘in the language’, they are not the product of language as used.

Keywords: word frequency; phoneme frequency; frequency of Chinese tones; Zipf's law; psycholinguistics; word recognition; garden path sentences; disambiguation; processing; productivity; subjective estimates of frequency

Chapter.  13927 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Psycholinguistics

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