At a first glance it seems to be obvious/expectable (at least to some extent) that the more frequently a word is used in language the more synonyms it should have.

Can somebody point out whether this has been proved scientifically/statistically and works/publications some data on this?

  • 5
    I think this could be tricky, because synonymy is usually gradient. However, the data are certainly out there: for English, you could get some kind of 'semantic neighborhood' score from WordNet, and a frequency score from various corpora (COCA, etc.). – Jeremy Needle Dec 3 '13 at 16:09

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.