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Test-based age-of-acquisition norms for 44 thousand English word meanings

(2017) BEHAVIOR RESEARCH METHODS. 49(4). p.1520-1523
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Age of acquisition (AoA) is an important variable in word recognition research. Up to now, nearly all psychology researchers examining the AoA effect have used ratings obtained from adult participants. An alternative basis for determining AoA is directly testing children's knowledge of word meanings at various ages. In educational research, scholars and teachers have tried to establish the grade at which particular words should be taught by examining the ages at which children know various word meanings. Such a list is available from Dale and O'Rourke's (1981) Living Word Vocabulary for nearly 44 thousand meanings coming from over 31 thousand unique word forms and multiword expressions. The present article relates these test-based AoA estimates to lexical decision times as well as to AoA adult ratings, and reports strong correlations between all of the measures. Therefore, test-based estimates of AoA can be used as an alternative measure.
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VOCABULARY ACQUISITION, LEXICON PROJECT, LARGE SET, FREQUENCY, RATINGS, IDENTIFICATION, GROWTH

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Brysbaert, Marc, and Andrew Biemiller. “Test-based Age-of-acquisition Norms for 44 Thousand English Word Meanings.” BEHAVIOR RESEARCH METHODS 49.4 (2017): 1520–1523. Print.
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Brysbaert, M., & Biemiller, A. (2017). Test-based age-of-acquisition norms for 44 thousand English word meanings. BEHAVIOR RESEARCH METHODS, 49(4), 1520–1523.
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Brysbaert, Marc, and Andrew Biemiller. 2017. “Test-based Age-of-acquisition Norms for 44 Thousand English Word Meanings.” Behavior Research Methods 49 (4): 1520–1523.
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Brysbaert, Marc, and Andrew Biemiller. 2017. “Test-based Age-of-acquisition Norms for 44 Thousand English Word Meanings.” Behavior Research Methods 49 (4): 1520–1523.
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Brysbaert M, Biemiller A. Test-based age-of-acquisition norms for 44 thousand English word meanings. BEHAVIOR RESEARCH METHODS. 2017;49(4):1520–3.
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M. Brysbaert and A. Biemiller, “Test-based age-of-acquisition norms for 44 thousand English word meanings,” BEHAVIOR RESEARCH METHODS, vol. 49, no. 4, pp. 1520–1523, 2017.
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  abstract     = {Age of acquisition (AoA) is an important variable in word recognition research. Up to now, nearly all psychology researchers examining the AoA effect have used ratings obtained from adult participants. An alternative basis for determining AoA is directly testing children's knowledge of word meanings at various ages. In educational research, scholars and teachers have tried to establish the grade at which particular words should be taught by examining the ages at which children know various word meanings. Such a list is available from Dale and O'Rourke's (1981) Living Word Vocabulary for nearly 44 thousand meanings coming from over 31 thousand unique word forms and multiword expressions. The present article relates these test-based AoA estimates to lexical decision times as well as to AoA adult ratings, and reports strong correlations between all of the measures. Therefore, test-based estimates of AoA can be used as an alternative measure.},
  author       = {Brysbaert, Marc and Biemiller, Andrew},
  issn         = {1554-351X},
  journal      = {BEHAVIOR RESEARCH METHODS},
  keywords     = {VOCABULARY ACQUISITION,LEXICON PROJECT,LARGE SET,FREQUENCY,RATINGS,IDENTIFICATION,GROWTH},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {1520--1523},
  title        = {Test-based age-of-acquisition norms for 44 thousand English word meanings},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.3758/s13428-016-0811-4},
  volume       = {49},
  year         = {2017},
}

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