Behavior Research Methods

, Volume 39, Issue 2, pp 192–198 | Cite as

Word naming and psycholinguistic norms: Chinese

  • Youyi LiuEmail author
  • Hua Shu
  • Ping Li
Articles From the SCiP Conference


In this article, we present normative data for 2,423 Chinese single-character words. For each word, we report values for the following 15 variables: word frequency, cumulative frequency, homophone density, phonological frequency, age of learning, age of acquisition, number of word formations, number of meanings, number of components, number of strokes, familiarity, concreteness, imageability, regularity, and initial phoneme. To validate the norms, we collected word-naming latencies. Factor analysis and multiple regression analysis show that naming latencies of Chinese single-character words are predicted by frequency, semantics, visual features, and consistency, but not by phonology. These analyses show distinct patterns in word naming between Chinese and alphabetic languages and demonstrate the utility of normative data in the study of nonalphabetic orthographic processing.


Word Frequency Chinese Character Word Formation Cumulative Frequency Naming Latency 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory for Cognitive Neuroscience and LearningBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.University of RichmondRichmond

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