The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1715 Monday, 11 September 2000.
From: Michael Best <
Date: Friday, 8 Sep 2000 10:20:37 -0700
Subject: 11.1709 Shakespeare word-frequency list
Comment: Re: SHK 11.1709 Shakespeare word-frequency list
Kent Heiatt writes:
>I've followed http:web.uvic.ca/shakespeare/Annex/ShakSites1.html from
>our carefully updated archive to screen after screen of valuable sites,
>but I haven't found what I saw several weeks ago: a word-frequency list
>viewable in ascending and descending orders.
>Can anyone lead me to it? I've e-mailed Michael Best of the University
>of Victoria but have had no reply: perhaps he's preoccupied.
I have indeed been preoccupied, not only with the usual business of a
new term, but with the question Kent Heiatt asks. I'm not aware of any
word-frequency list on the Internet (and will be delighted if anyone
else can point us to it), so have generated a frequency list to post on
the ISE site. It's probably not especially useful, since for copyright
reasons I have had to use the dated and inaccurate public domain texts
currently available, but, for what they are worth, two versions of the
list are available from this address:
I do expect to generate more useful frequency lists in due course, since
counting things is one of the activities that computers enjoy.
Coordinating Editor, Internet Shakespeare Editions
Department of English, University of Victoria
Victoria B.C. V8W 3W1, Canada. (250) 598-9575