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      SUBTLEX-UK: a new and improved word frequency database for British English.

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          We present word frequencies based on subtitles of British television programmes. We show that the SUBTLEX-UK word frequencies explain more of the variance in the lexical decision times of the British Lexicon Project than the word frequencies based on the British National Corpus and the SUBTLEX-US frequencies. In addition to the word form frequencies, we also present measures of contextual diversity part-of-speech specific word frequencies, word frequencies in children programmes, and word bigram frequencies, giving researchers of British English access to the full range of norms recently made available for other languages. Finally, we introduce a new measure of word frequency, the Zipf scale, which we hope will stop the current misunderstandings of the word frequency effect.

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          [1 ] a School of Psychology , University of Nottingham , Nottingham , UK.
          Journal
          Q J Exp Psychol (Hove)
          Quarterly journal of experimental psychology (2006)
          1747-0226
          1747-0218
          2014
          : 67
          : 6
          24417251 10.1080/17470218.2013.850521

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