Date: Sat, 15 Mar 1997 17:18:55 +0000
From: Rose Nash ROSENASH[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]WORLDNET.ATT.NET
Subject: Re: Word frequency list?
I know of two good sources for this information:
1. The Ladder Dictionary of English. It's a recently revised paperback for
beginning language students, and all the words are given a frequency rating
from 1 to 5.
2. A General Serice List of English Words by Michael West (Longman, 1953).
Contains the first 2000 most frequently used words as of that date. Should
still be useful.
There is also a statistical study of frequencies in written English done in
the 70's at Brown University, I think. If memory serves, it was called
Computational Analysis of Contemporary English by Stavnicky.