The British Lexicon Project: Lexical decision data for 28,730 monosyllabic and disyllabic English words

Emmanuel Keuleers*, Paula Lacey, Kathleen Rastle, Marc Brysbaert

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Abstract

We present a new database of lexical decision times for English words and nonwords, for which two groups of British participants each responded to 14,365 monosyllabic and disyllabic words and the same number of nonwords for a total duration of 16 h (divided over multiple sessions). This database, called the British Lexicon Project (BLP), fills an important gap between the Dutch Lexicon Project (DLP; Keuleers, Diependaele, & Brysbaert, Frontiers in Language Sciences. Psychology, 1, 174, 2010) and the English Lexicon Project (ELP; Balota et al., 2007), because it applies the repeated measures design of the DLP to the English language. The high correlation between the BLP and ELP data indicates that a high percentage of variance in lexical decision data sets is systematic variance, rather than noise, and that the results of megastudies are rather robust with respect to the selection and presentation of the stimuli. Because of its design, the BLP makes the same analyses possible as the DLP, offering researchers with a new interesting data set of word-processing times for mixed effects analyses and mathematical modeling. The BLP data are available at http://crr.ugent.be/blp and as Electronic Supplementary Materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-304
Number of pages18
JournalBehavior Research Methods
Volume44
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Visual word recognition
  • Lexical decision
  • Megastudy
  • British English
  • Reaction times
  • Trial level analysis
  • Virtual experiments
  • SEMANTIC AMBIGUITY
  • PHONOLOGICAL NEIGHBORHOOD
  • RECOGNITION
  • FREQUENCY
  • ACQUISITION
  • AGE
  • ACCESS
  • MODEL
  • PRINT
  • PERCEPTION

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