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Frequency of Use and the Organization of Language

Joan Bybee


This book essentially argues for the importance of word frequency as a factor in the analysis and explanation of language structure. In other words, the roles of words and other linguistic phenomena such as morphology, phonology, and syntax are highly influenced by low, medium, or high frequency with which they occur. The book includes three decades of influential research in one thematic source. It provides an introductory overview that traces the development of thinking on this important subject. The discussion covers word frequency in lexical diffusion, morphophonemics, lexical and morpholo ... More

Keywords: word frequency, language, morphology, phonology, syntax, grammaticization, lexical diffusion, lexicon, morphophonemics

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195301571
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301571.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joan Bybee, author
University of New Mexico
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