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)


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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