Here is the preface to Eaton's book. > Miss Eaton has done a notable service by preparing this semantic frequency > list. The frequency lists hitherto published will be more useful as a result > of her careful and scholarly compendium of parts of them. Teachers of the > languages represented will find her list of prime importance in deciding > how to treat the words in texts which their pupils are reading, and in their > own choice of words in speaking. Teachers of other European languages > (for example, Italian and Russian) may well consult the list until it is > extended by adequate counts for the languages concerned. If used reasonably, > the list can do nothing but good to teaching, testing, and textbook making. > > I commend it also to the attention of psychologists, anthropologists, > and students of what has been called the psycho-biology of language. > The vocabulary, active and passive, of any group is as truly an index > of its nature and culture as are its tools, monuments, customs, and myths. > This list gives a useful base-line for comparisons of many sorts. > > Teachers College > Columbia University > > E. L. Thorndike My apologies to Miss Eaton, it is a noble work; but this certainly cannot serve as the basis for The International Language.