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I'm looking for a very high quality word frequency list in German. This is a list of how often words are used in the German language.

The best one I have found so far is here: 10,000 words. Unfortunately no details are given on the data source.

Does anybody know of anything any better?

If I was to make my own list, can you suggest a good large source of German language text? Something like the The British National Corpus, but in German?

{ asked by andyuk }

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According to this PDF its pretty much the best and biggest list you can get for free. The PDF looks quite interesting.

On the data source:

Neben Angaben zu absoluter Häufigkeit, Häufigkeitsklassen,Grammatik, Sachgebiet, Kollokationen (häufige Wortkombinationen) usw. findet man hier auch die „Wörter des Tages“, die aktuellsten Begriffe aus Online-Ausgaben von Tageszeitungen. Die Quellen des Wortschatzkorpus basieren vor allem auf (online verfügbaren) Archiven von Zeitungen, aber auch literarische Werke und Fachtexte wurden untersucht.

For german text sources:

http://gutenberg.spiegel.de/

http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/languages/de

Likely some Desktop Search Engines can index files and show word frequency.

{ answered by Hauser }
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