Spanish word frequency database

This is another question. I guess I need to understand the difference between blogging and posting questions.  It may be that I have very little to contribute to this field other than posing questions and more questions.

Anyway,  Does anyone know of a computer based (aka MRC psycholinguistic database) for Spanish word frequency. There are few published references but none that are easily accessible and comparable to English frequency data bases. Also, if someone knows of French databases that will come in handy too.

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  1. #1 by Kathryn Kohnert on March 12, 2009 - 6:25 am

    Hi Swathi,
    Here are a couple references for on-line corpora- one in Spanish and the other that includes several languages, including French.

    Spanish Language News Corpus
    Large (~172 million word) corpus of newsire text. (See http://www.ldc.upenn.edu/Catalog/CatalogEntry.jsp?catalogId=LDC95T9)
    CD-ROM

    European Languages News Corpus
    ~100 million words of French, 90 million words of German, and 15 million words of Portuguese; newswire text. (See http://www.ldc.upenn.edu/Catalog/CatalogEntry.jsp?catalogId=LDC95T11)
    CD-ROM

    There is also a cross-linguistic database for picture naming (which includes 520 objects, 270 actions) normed on a variety of parameters (e.g., dominant name, response speed for naming, imageability etc). Languages include English, Spanish, Cantonese, German, Italian…

    Good luck!
    -Kathi

  2. #2 by Elizabeth Peña on May 17, 2009 - 1:15 pm

    Just came across this one:

    http://www.corpusdelespanol.org/
    here is their complete list so far
    http://corpus.byu.edu/

    thank you Mark Davies of BYU!!

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