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A Study on the Diversity of Words used by Middle and High School Students

  • Korean Semantics
  • 2008, 27(), pp.225-242
  • Publisher : The Society Of Korean Semantics
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

Chang, Kyung hee 1 전은진 1

1한양대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study aims to analyze The Number of Different Words(NDW), Total Number of Words(TNW), and Type- Token Ratio(TTR) of Korean middle school students and high school students. NDW is meaning numerical value measuring the number of different words occurred in the same number of utterance. TNW is measured through calculating the total number of words occurred in the same number of utterance. TTR means the proportion of different words to the total words. Through those analyses, I found out the fact that Korean middle school students show much higher statistical value in NDW and TNW than high school students, and high school students indicate somewhat higher value than middle school students in TTR. Depending on this result, I came to the conclusion that the diversity of words increase with the growth of age, and TTR is more adequate than NDW and TNW in assessment of word diversity in conversation.

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