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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.