This website analyses the lexis of texts.
Its purpose is to help you to evaluate and edit texts by identifying the statistical frequency of each word in the text.
How to use the site
Paste your text into the box on the right and click ‘submit’ at the bottom.
You will then see each word in your text coloured and numbered according to its frequency.
For example the word ‘the’ will be coloured in blue and numbered 1, showing that it is in the first 500 most common words in English. The word ‘lecture’ will be coloured red and numbered 10, showing that it is a less common word, and therefore more likely to be difficult for readers. A full chart appears below your text itemising each word and its level.
This tool allows you then to edit your text to alter the level of lexical difficulty.
The calculation of frequency of General words (levels 1-5) is based on Baumann’s authoritative wordlist:
which is based in turn on the General Service List (GSL). Baumann’s list has been extended considerably through the careful addition of plurals, US and UK spellings and basic derivations (e.g. ‘walked’ has been added to the basic ‘walk’) to the original list This means that the resource is of greater benefit for text analysis, as the resulting analysis is considerably more comprehensive.
The calculation of frequency of Academic words (above level 5) is based on Coxhead’s comprehensive and well-known Academic Word List: