Age of acquisition and word frequency in written picture naming

Authors: Bonin, Patrick; Fayol, Michel; Chalard, Marylène

Source: The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology A, 1 May 2001, vol. 54, no. 2, pp. 469-489(21)


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This study investigates age of acquisition (AoA) and word frequency effects in both spoken and written picture naming. In the first two experiments, reliable AoA effects on object naming speed, with objective word frequency controlled for, were found in both spoken (Experiment 1) and written picture naming (Experiment 2). In contrast, no reliable objective word frequency effects were observed on naming speed, with AoA controlled for, in either spoken (Experiment 3) or written (Experiment 4) picture naming. The implications of the findings for written picture naming are briefly discussed.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: LAPSCO/C.N.R.S., Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand, France

Publication date: May 1, 2001

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