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2021 Vol.37, Issue 2

Research Article

August 2021. pp. 127-148
This study focuses on the frequencies of basic words in Korean and English. Their distributions were analyzed quantitatively to compare Korean and English. The correlation analysis shows that the inter-correlation between Korean and English is very high. It implies that the linguistic-cultural difference between these two languages rarely affects the use of basic words. The analysis of visualized frequency distributions shows that the frequencies of basic words exhibit heavy tailed distributions and seem to follow the power-law distribution in both languages. However, the quantitative analysis tells us that their frequency distributions do not follow the power-law distribution but the log-normal distribution. The result suggests that selecting probability distribution best fitted to frequency data should depend on well-established statistical procedures, but not only on visually inspecting of plotted distributions.
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  • Publisher :The Modern Linguistic Society of Korea
  • Publisher(Ko) :한국현대언어학회
  • Journal Title :The Journal of Studies in Language
  • Journal Title(Ko) :언어연구
  • Volume : 37
  • No :2
  • Pages :127-148