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Word prevalence norms for 62,000 English lemmas

Authors
  • Brysbaert, Marc1
  • Mandera, Paweł1
  • McCormick, Samantha F.2
  • Keuleers, Emmanuel3
  • 1 Ghent University, Department of Experimental Psychology, Henri Dunantlaan 2, Gent, B-9000, Belgium , Gent (Belgium)
  • 2 University of Roehampton, Department of Psychology, Roehampton, UK , Roehampton (United Kingdom)
  • 3 University of Tilburg, Tilburg University, Department of Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence, Tilburg, Netherlands , Tilburg (Netherlands)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Behavior Research Methods
Publisher
Springer - Psychonomic Society
Publication Date
Jul 02, 2018
Volume
51
Issue
2
Pages
467–479
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3758/s13428-018-1077-9
Source
Springer Nature
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Abstract

We present word prevalence data for 61,858 English words. Word prevalence refers to the number of people who know the word. The measure was obtained on the basis of an online crowdsourcing study involving over 220,000 people. Word prevalence data are useful for gauging the difficulty of words and, as such, for matching stimulus materials in experimental conditions or selecting stimulus materials for vocabulary tests. Word prevalence also predicts word processing times, over and above the effects of word frequency, word length, similarity to other words, and age of acquisition, in line with previous findings in the Dutch language.

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