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Timed written picture naming in 14 European languages

Journal article
Authors Mark Torrance
Guido Nottbusch
Rui A. Alves
Barbara Arfé
Lucile Chanquoy
Evgeny Chukharev-Hudilainen
Ioannis Dimakos
Raquel Fidalgo
Jukka Hyönä
Ómar I. Jóhannesson
George Madjarov
Dennis N. Pauly
Per Henning Uppstad
Luuk van Waes
Michael Vernon
Åsa Wengelin
Published in Behavior Research Methods
Volume 50
Issue 2
Pages 744–758
ISSN 1554-351X
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Swedish
Pages 744–758
Language en
Keywords Interkey interval, Language production, Picture naming, Response time, Word production, Written production
Subject categories Linguistics, Cognitive science, Swedish language


© 2017 The Author(s)We describe the Multilanguage Written Picture Naming Dataset. This gives trial-level data and time and agreement norms for written naming of the 260 pictures of everyday objects that compose the colorized Snodgrass and Vanderwart picture set (Rossion & Pourtois in Perception, 33, 217–236, 2004). Adult participants gave keyboarded responses in their first language under controlled experimental conditions (N = 1,274, with subsamples responding in Bulgarian, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish). We measured the time to initiate a response (RT) and interkeypress intervals, and calculated measures of name and spelling agreement. There was a tendency across all languages for quicker RTs to pictures with higher familiarity, image agreement, and name frequency, and with higher name agreement. Effects of spelling agreement and effects on output rates after writing onset were present in some, but not all, languages. Written naming therefore shows name retrieval effects that are similar to those found in speech, but our findings suggest the need for cross-language comparisons as we seek to understand the orthographic retrieval and/or assembly processes that are specific to written output.

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