Behavior Research Methods

, Volume 46, Issue 3, pp 872–886 | Cite as

PhonItalia: a phonological lexicon for Italian

  • Jeremy Goslin
  • Claudia Galluzzi
  • Cristina Romani


In this article, we present the first open-access lexical database that provides phonological representations for 120,000 Italian word forms. Each of these also includes syllable boundaries and stress markings and a comprehensive range of lexical statistics. Using data derived from this lexicon, we have also generated a set of derived databases and provided estimates of positional frequency use for Italian phonemes, syllables, syllable onsets and codas, and character and phoneme bigrams. These databases are freely available from This article describes the methods, content, and summarizing statistics for these databases. In a first application of this database, we also demonstrate how the distribution of phonological substitution errors made by Italian aphasic patients is related to phoneme frequency.


Phonological lexicon Lexical statistics Aphasic errors 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeremy Goslin
    • 1
  • Claudia Galluzzi
    • 2
  • Cristina Romani
    • 3
  1. 1.School of PsychologyUniversity of PlymouthPlymouthUK
  2. 2.Fondazione Santa Lucia, i.r.c.s.s.RomeItaly
  3. 3.School of Life and Health SciencesAston UniversityBirminghamUK

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