Word Lists

Word Lists for Acquisition Studies

MacArthur-Bates Communicative Development Inventories (CDIs) (a parent report instrument for children’s early vocabulary.

Wordbank is a free and open database containing the full, item-level responses for MacArthur-Bates Communicative Development Inventory (CDI)

Basic English word list

The Oxford 3000 word list (from the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary)

The Woodward English Vocabulary site has word lists that are useful for creating stimuli, often with cartoons (e.g. a list of professions)


Fieldwork Word Lists

Abbi, A. (2001). A manual of linguistic field work and structures of Indian languages. Munich: Lincom.

Comrie, B., & Smith, N. (1977). Lingua descriptive studies: Questionnaire. Lingua, 42(1), 1.

Sutton, Peter and Michael Walsh. 1987. Wordlist for Australian languages (Second Edition).Canberra: Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies.

Swadesh, M. (1952). Lexico-statistic dating of prehistoric ethnic contacts: with special reference to North American Indians and Eskimos. Proceedings of the American philosophical society, 96(4), 452-463.

Swadesh, M. (1955). Towards greater accuracy in lexicostatistic dating. International journal of American linguistics, 21(2), 121-137.

 The Valency Patterns Leipzig Online Database is useful for cross-linguistic studies on verbs; and its list of verbs can be a starting point for fieldwork or cross-linguistic psycholinguistic studies: http://valpal.info/

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