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

Terzopoulos, Aris and Duncan, Lynne G. and Wilson, Mark A. J. and Niolaki, Georgia Z. and Masterson, Jackie (2016) HelexKids: A word frequency database for Greek and Cypriot primary school children. Behavior Research Methods, 49 (1). pp. 83-96. ISSN 1554-3528

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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.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.3758/s13428-015-0698-5
1 January 2016Accepted
28 January 2016Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: Word database, Greek language, Children, Frequency, Contextual diversity
Subjects: CAH04 - psychology > CAH04-01 - psychology > CAH04-01-01 - psychology (non-specific)
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Psychology
Depositing User: Gemma Tonks
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2023 13:30
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2023 13:30
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/14556

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