Behavior Research Methods

, Volume 40, Issue 1, pp 183–190 | Cite as

Semantic feature production norms for a large set of objects and events

  • David P. Vinson
  • Gabriella Vigliocco


Semantic features produced by speakers of a language when given a word corresponding to a concept have provided insight into numerous behavioral phenomena concerning semantic representation in language-impaired and -unimpaired speakers. A number of theories concerning the organization of semantic memory have used features as their starting point. Here, we provide a set of feature norms collected from approximately 280 participants for a total of 456 words (169 nouns referring to objects, 71 nouns referring to events, and 216 verbs referring to events). Whereas a number of feature norms for object concepts already exist, we provide the first set of norms for event concepts. We have used these norms (for both objects and events) in research addressing questions concerning the similarities and differences between the semantic representation of objects and events and in research concerning the interface between semantics and syntax, given that events can be expressed in language as nouns or verbs. Some of this research is summarized here. These norms may be downloaded from


Semantic Similarity Semantic Representation Semantic Memory Semantic Distance Semantic Dementia 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity College LondonLondonEngland

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