These lists were compiled from a largely prose corpus of about 5.3 million Latin words, including many post-classical sources. In this second edition, the many repetitions of the first edition have largely been eliminated, along with numerals and contractions, but the proper names have been retained. Also, the letters v and j have all been converted into the letters u and i. Thus the numeral VI was necessarily concordanced with the ablative of vis and appears as ui. For this and other reasons, these lists are only a rough approximation to the order of frequency. Note that each word's inflected forms are concordanced separately.
These lists are being provided merely as a help for the construction of general or "all-purpose" Latin vocabularies. Teachers may find it advisable to make more topical, special vocabularies and have the students learn words from both types of lists.
The distribution of the words given here suggests the advisability of a strong focus on pronouns, prepositions, and conjunctions early in the learning experience.
Sources Used: Caesar, Cicero, Pliny, Tacitus, Erasmus (Colloquia), Augustine (Confessiones, De Doctrina Christiana, De Civitate Dei), Vulgate Bible, Livy, Petrarca (Secretum), Quintilian, Richer of St. Remy, Thomas More (Utopia), Thomas à Kempis (De Imitatione Christi), Seneca the Younger (Letters), Sallust, Valerius Maximus, Velleius Paterculus. This second edition has added Erasmus's Enchiridion, Eutropius, Bacon's Novum Organum, Isidore of Seville's Etymologiae, Dante's De Vulgari Eloquentia, Gregory of Tours's Historia Francorum, Pliny the Elder's Naturalis Historia, Paul the Deacon's Historia Gentis Langobardorum.
Texts were mainly taken from digitized versions available on the WWW. The concordancing program that made these lists possible is Dr. Michael Barlow's excellent MonoConc Pro.
Latin Teaching Materials at Saint Louis University: © Claude Pavur 1997 - 2009. This material is being made freely available for non-commercial educational use.