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Dictionary users do look up frequent words. A log file analysis

  • In this paper, the authors use the 2012 log files of two German online dictionaries (Digital Dictionary of the German Language and the German Version of Wiktionary) and the 100,000 most frequent words in the Mannheim German Reference Corpus from 2009 to answer the question of whether dictionary users really do look up frequent words, first asked by de Schryver et al. (2006). By using an approach to the comparison of log files and corpus data which is completely different from that of the aforementioned authors, we provide empirical evidence that indicates - contrary to the results of de Schryver et al. and Verlinde/Binon (2010) - that the corpus frequency of a word can indeed be an important factor in determining what online dictionary users look up. Finally, we incorporate word class Information readily available in Wiktionary into our analysis to improve our results considerably.

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Author:Alexander KoplenigORCiDGND, Peter MeyerGND, Carolin Müller-SpitzerORCiDGND
Parent Title (German):Using online dictionaries
Series (Serial Number):Lexicographica : series maior (145)
Publisher:De Gruyter
Place of publication:Berlin; Boston
Editor:Carolin Müller-Spitzer
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of first Publication:2014
Date of Publication (online):2014/04/23
Tag:corpus; frequency; headword list; log file; monolingual dictionary; multilingual dictionary
GND Keyword:Benutzer; Computerunterstützte Lexikographie; Einsprachiges Wörterbuch; Mehrsprachiges Wörterbuch
First Page:229
Last Page:249
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 430 Deutsch
Open Access?:ja
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt