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WordGen: a tool for word selection and nonword generation in Dutch, English, German, and French

Wouter Duyck (UGent) , Timothy Desmet (UGent) , Lieven Verbeke (UGent) and Marc Brysbaert (UGent)
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WordGen is an easy-to-use program that uses the CELEX and Lexique lexical databases for word selection and nonword generation in Dutch, English, German, and French. Items can be generated in these four languages, specifying any combination of seven linguistic constraints: number of letters, neighborhood size, frequency, summated position-nonspecific bigram frequency, minimum position-nonspecific bigram. frequency, position-specific frequency of the initial and final bigram, and orthographic relatedness. The program also has a module to calculate the respective values of these variables for items that have already been constructed, either with the program or taken from earlier studies. Stimulus queries can be entered through WordGen's graphical user interface or by means of batch files. WordGen is especially useful for (1) Dutch and German item generation, because no such stimulus-selection tool exists for these languages, (2) the generation of nonwords for all four languages, because our program has some important advantages over previous nonword generation approaches, and (3) psycholinguistic experiments on bilingualism, because the possibility of using the same tool for different languages increases the cross-linguistic comparability of the generated item lists. WordGen is free and available at http://expsy.ugent.be/wordgen.htm.
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AGE-OF-ACQUISITION, RECOGNITION, ORTHOGRAPHY, LANGUAGE, DATABASE, ACCESS, PERCEPTION, PSEUDOHOMOPHONES, FREQUENCY, LEXICAL DECISION

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Duyck, Wouter, Timothy Desmet, Lieven Verbeke, et al. “WordGen: a Tool for Word Selection and Nonword Generation in Dutch, English, German, and French.” BEHAVIOR RESEARCH METHODS INSTRUMENTS & COMPUTERS 36.3 (2004): 488–499. Print.
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Duyck, Wouter, Desmet, T., Verbeke, L., & Brysbaert, M. (2004). WordGen: a tool for word selection and nonword generation in Dutch, English, German, and French. BEHAVIOR RESEARCH METHODS INSTRUMENTS & COMPUTERS, 36(3), 488–499.
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Duyck, Wouter, Timothy Desmet, Lieven Verbeke, and Marc Brysbaert. 2004. “WordGen: a Tool for Word Selection and Nonword Generation in Dutch, English, German, and French.” Behavior Research Methods Instruments & Computers 36 (3): 488–499.
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Duyck, Wouter, Timothy Desmet, Lieven Verbeke, and Marc Brysbaert. 2004. “WordGen: a Tool for Word Selection and Nonword Generation in Dutch, English, German, and French.” Behavior Research Methods Instruments & Computers 36 (3): 488–499.
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Duyck W, Desmet T, Verbeke L, Brysbaert M. WordGen: a tool for word selection and nonword generation in Dutch, English, German, and French. BEHAVIOR RESEARCH METHODS INSTRUMENTS & COMPUTERS. 2004;36(3):488–99.
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W. Duyck, T. Desmet, L. Verbeke, and M. Brysbaert, “WordGen: a tool for word selection and nonword generation in Dutch, English, German, and French,” BEHAVIOR RESEARCH METHODS INSTRUMENTS & COMPUTERS, vol. 36, no. 3, pp. 488–499, 2004.
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  abstract     = {WordGen is an easy-to-use program that uses the CELEX and Lexique lexical databases for word selection and nonword generation in Dutch, English, German, and French. Items can be generated in these four languages, specifying any combination of seven linguistic constraints: number of letters, neighborhood size, frequency, summated position-nonspecific bigram frequency, minimum position-nonspecific bigram. frequency, position-specific frequency of the initial and final bigram, and orthographic relatedness. The program also has a module to calculate the respective values of these variables for items that have already been constructed, either with the program or taken from earlier studies. Stimulus queries can be entered through WordGen's graphical user interface or by means of batch files. WordGen is especially useful for (1) Dutch and German item generation, because no such stimulus-selection tool exists for these languages, (2) the generation of nonwords for all four languages, because our program has some important advantages over previous nonword generation approaches, and (3) psycholinguistic experiments on bilingualism, because the possibility of using the same tool for different languages increases the cross-linguistic comparability of the generated item lists. WordGen is free and available at http://expsy.ugent.be/wordgen.htm.},
  author       = {Duyck, Wouter and Desmet, Timothy and Verbeke, Lieven and Brysbaert, Marc},
  issn         = {0743-3808},
  journal      = {BEHAVIOR RESEARCH METHODS INSTRUMENTS & COMPUTERS},
  keywords     = {AGE-OF-ACQUISITION,RECOGNITION,ORTHOGRAPHY,LANGUAGE,DATABASE,ACCESS,PERCEPTION,PSEUDOHOMOPHONES,FREQUENCY,LEXICAL DECISION},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {488--499},
  title        = {WordGen: a tool for word selection and nonword generation in Dutch, English, German, and French},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.3758/BF03195595},
  volume       = {36},
  year         = {2004},
}

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