Timed picture naming in seven languages

Elizabeth Bates, Simona D'Amico, Thomas Jacobsen, Anna Székely, Elena Andonova, Antonella Devescovi, Dan Herron, Ching Ching Lu, Thomas Pechmann, Csaba Pléh, Nicole Wicha, Kara Federmeier, Irini Gerdjikova, Gabriel Gutierrez, Daisy Hung, Jeanne Hsu, Gowri Iyer, Katherine Kohnert, Teodora Mehotcheva, Araceli Orozco-FigueroaAngela Tzeng, Ovid Tzeng

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Timed picture naming was compared in seven languages that vary along dimensions known to affect lexical access. Analyses over items focused on factors that determine cross-language universals and cross-language disparities. With regard to universals, number of alternative names had large effects on reaction time within and across languages after target-name agreement was controlled, suggesting inhibitory effects from lexical competitors. For all the languages, word frequency and goodness of depiction had large effects, but objective picture complexity did not. Effects of word structure variables (length, syllable structure, compounding, and initial frication) varied markedly over languages. Strong cross-language correlations were found in naming latencies, frequency, and length. Other-language frequency effects were observed (e.g., Chinese frequencies predicting Spanish reaction times) even after within-language effects were controlled (e.g., Spanish frequencies predicting Spanish reaction times). These surprising cross-language correlations challenge widely held assumptions about the lexical locus of length and frequency effects, suggesting instead that they may (at least in part) reflect familiarity and accessibility at a conceptual level that is shared over languages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)344-380
Number of pages37
JournalPsychonomic Bulletin and Review
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2003
Externally publishedYes

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Reaction Time
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Picture Naming
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Length
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Frequency Effect

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  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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Bates, E., D'Amico, S., Jacobsen, T., Székely, A., Andonova, E., Devescovi, A., ... Tzeng, O. (2003). Timed picture naming in seven languages. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 10(2), 344-380. https://doi.org/10.3758/BF03196494

Timed picture naming in seven languages. / Bates, Elizabeth; D'Amico, Simona; Jacobsen, Thomas; Székely, Anna; Andonova, Elena; Devescovi, Antonella; Herron, Dan; Lu, Ching Ching; Pechmann, Thomas; Pléh, Csaba; Wicha, Nicole; Federmeier, Kara; Gerdjikova, Irini; Gutierrez, Gabriel; Hung, Daisy; Hsu, Jeanne; Iyer, Gowri; Kohnert, Katherine; Mehotcheva, Teodora; Orozco-Figueroa, Araceli; Tzeng, Angela; Tzeng, Ovid.

In: Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, Vol. 10, No. 2, 06.2003, p. 344-380.

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Bates, E, D'Amico, S, Jacobsen, T, Székely, A, Andonova, E, Devescovi, A, Herron, D, Lu, CC, Pechmann, T, Pléh, C, Wicha, N, Federmeier, K, Gerdjikova, I, Gutierrez, G, Hung, D, Hsu, J, Iyer, G, Kohnert, K, Mehotcheva, T, Orozco-Figueroa, A, Tzeng, A & Tzeng, O 2003, 'Timed picture naming in seven languages', Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 344-380. https://doi.org/10.3758/BF03196494
Bates E, D'Amico S, Jacobsen T, Székely A, Andonova E, Devescovi A et al. Timed picture naming in seven languages. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review. 2003 Jun;10(2):344-380. https://doi.org/10.3758/BF03196494
Bates, Elizabeth ; D'Amico, Simona ; Jacobsen, Thomas ; Székely, Anna ; Andonova, Elena ; Devescovi, Antonella ; Herron, Dan ; Lu, Ching Ching ; Pechmann, Thomas ; Pléh, Csaba ; Wicha, Nicole ; Federmeier, Kara ; Gerdjikova, Irini ; Gutierrez, Gabriel ; Hung, Daisy ; Hsu, Jeanne ; Iyer, Gowri ; Kohnert, Katherine ; Mehotcheva, Teodora ; Orozco-Figueroa, Araceli ; Tzeng, Angela ; Tzeng, Ovid. / Timed picture naming in seven languages. In: Psychonomic Bulletin and Review. 2003 ; Vol. 10, No. 2. pp. 344-380.
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