STATS I: Number of New Words per Play
in Chronological Order

 (order adopted from the Royal Shakespeare Company's analysis)
 
   

Year of Work

 

Play Name

 

Number of New Words

   

3-Play Rolling Average

   

pre-1592
1591
1595
1590's
1591-2


1592
1592
1594
1595-6
1595-6


1595-6
1595-6
1595-7
1596-7
1596-7


1597-8
1598
1599
1599
1599


1600
1597-1601
1601
1601-2
1604


1604
1603-6
1604-6
1605-6
1606


1606-7
1608
1608
1610
1611


1611
1613
1613-4

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Taming of the Shrew
Henry VI, Part II
Henry VI, Part III
Two Gentlemen of Verona
Titus Andronicus


Henry VI, Part I
Richard III
Comedy of Errors
Love's Labour's Lost
Midsummer Night's Dream


Romeo and Juliet
Richard II
King John
Merchant of Venice
Henry IV, Part I


Henry IV, Part II
Much Ado About Nothing
Henry V
As You Like It
Julius Caesar


Hamlet
Merry Wives of Windsor
Twefth Night
Troilus and Cressida
Othello


Measure for Measure
All's Well That Ends Well
Timon of Athens
King Lear
MacBeth


Anthony and Cleopatra
Coriolanus
Pericles
Cymbeline
Winter's Tale


Tempest
Henry VIII
Two Noble Kinsman

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12
5
2
2
10


2
6
0
25
14


13
9
4
7
13


24
9
21
13
5


54
19
18
38
23


17
11
10
38
15


24
27
3
16
21


17
6
14

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-
-
6.3
3.0
4.7


4.7
6.0
2.7
10.3
13.0


17.3
12.0
8.7
6.7
8.0


14.7
15.3
18.0
14.3
13.0


24.0
26.0
30.3
25.0
26.3


26.0
17.0
12.7
19.7
21.0


25.7
22.0
18.0
15.3
13.3


18.0
14.7
12.3

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