Zipf's Law and Vocabulary
Published Online: 5 NOV 2012
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The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics
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JOSEPH SORELL, C. 2012. Zipf's Law and Vocabulary. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics.
- Published Online: 5 NOV 2012
In the 1930s, George Kingsley Zipf observed that a few very frequent words make up a very large portion of any text or collection of texts, while the large majority of words occur relatively rarely.
- computational linguistics;
- second language acquisition;
- child language;