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HelexKids: A word frequency database for Greek and Cypriot primary school children

Terzopoulos, AR; Duncan, LG; Wilson, MAJ; Niolaki, GZ; Masterson, J; (2016) HelexKids: A word frequency database for Greek and Cypriot primary school children. Behavior Research Methods , 49 (1) pp. 83-96. 10.3758/s13428-015-0698-5. Green open access

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Abstract

In this article, we introduce HelexKids, an online written-word database for Greek-speaking children in primary education (Grades 1 to 6). The database is organized on a grade-by-grade basis, and on a cumulative basis by combining Grade 1 with Grades 2 to 6. It provides values for Zipf, frequency per million, dispersion, estimated word frequency per million, standard word frequency, contextual diversity, orthographic Levenshtein distance, and lemma frequency. These values are derived from 116 textbooks used in primary education in Greece and Cyprus, producing a total of 68,692 different word types. HelexKids was developed to assist researchers in studying language development, educators in selecting age-appropriate items for teaching, as well as writers and authors of educational books for Greek/Cypriot children. The database is open access and can be searched online at www.helexkids.org.

Type: Article
Title: HelexKids: A word frequency database for Greek and Cypriot primary school children
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3758/s13428-015-0698-5
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.3758/s13428-015-0698-5
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author(s) 2016. Open Access This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
Keywords: Word database, Greek language, Children, Frequency, Contextual diversity
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Psychology and Human Development
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1517148
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