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Can J Exp Psychol. 2009 Jun;63(2):139-49. doi: 10.1037/a0015386.

[Imagery norms and subjective frequency of 1,760 monosyllabic words in the French language].

[Article in French]

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  • 1Ecole de psychologie, Universit√© d'Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.


This study aimed at providing subjective frequency and imageability norms for a sample of 1,760 monosyllabic French words and thereby, increasing the pool of normative data available for research in cognitive science and language processing. The results indicate that the reliability of the estimates is high, with coefficients ranging between .93 and .99 for the frequency and imageability ratings. External validity was investigated by calculating correlations with ratings drawn from all similar studies and for which the number of shared items was sufficient. These coefficients vary between .73 and .88 for subjective frequency and between .64 and .97 for imageability. The correlation between subjective frequency and imageability in the present study was significant and relatively high (r = .64). The implications of these results for the selection of experimental stimuli for research are discussed.

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