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Word Frequency
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Although Chinese is conventionally written in Chinese characters, the graphic representation of the language and its lexical units should not be confused or even identified with one another. This also applies when looking at the frequency of occurrence of linguistic entities, like words (Word and Wordhood, Premodern and Word and Wordhood, Modern).

While quantitative linguistics in China originally set out by exploring c…

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Cornelia SCHINDELIN, “Word Frequency”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 21 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000456>
First published online: 2015

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