Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, & Computers

, Volume 36, Issue 3, pp 516–524

Lexique 2 : A new French lexical database


    • Royal HollowayUniversity of London
    • CNRS and Université René Descartes
  • Christophe Pallier
    • INSERM
  • Marc Brysbaert
    • Royal HollowayUniversity of London
  • Ludovic Ferrand
    • CNRS and Université René Descartes

DOI: 10.3758/BF03195598

Cite this article as:
New, B., Pallier, C., Brysbaert, M. et al. Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, & Computers (2004) 36: 516. doi:10.3758/BF03195598


In this article, we present a new lexical database for French:Lexique. In addition to classical word information such as gender, number, and grammatical category,Lexique includes a series of interesting new characteristics. First, word frequencies are based on two cues: a contemporary corpus of texts and the number of Web pages containing the word. Second, the database is split into a graphemic table with all the relevant frequencies, a table structured around lemmas (particularly interesting for the study of the inflectional family), and a table about surface frequency cues. Third,Lexique is distributed under a GNU-like license, allowing people to contribute to it. Finally, a metasearch engine,Open Lexique, has been developed so that new databases can be added very easily to the existing ones.Lexique can either be downloaded or interrogated freely from

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