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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?

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German part of this link might be helpful. – user508 Jul 19 '11 at 15:42
DeReWo seems great. Can somebody give a quick overview of how it works? – user4770 Nov 21 '13 at 13:17
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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:

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

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The PDF link is broken. Anyone have an updated one? – Kev Aug 2 '15 at 15:13

Try Google NGrams. The German corpus is not as good at the English one, but starting with the 19th century, it's fine. You can not only use this to get diagrams comparing the usage of words (or up to five words in sequence), but also download the entire database.

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That's an excellent source of data - thanks. – andyuk Jul 20 '11 at 22:35

Here's the best,biggest and free German frequency word list DeReWo and it contains only dictionary headwords without superfluous derivatives

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Derivatives aren't always superfluous. It depends on the application. – Kev Aug 2 '15 at 15:15 is a good size, if you are seeking derivatives too.

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