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TitleOn the advantages of word-frequency and contextual diversity measures extracted from subtitles: the case of Portuguese
Author(s)Soares, Ana Paula
Machado, João F.
Costa, Ana
Iriarte Sanromán, Álvaro
Simões, Alberto
Almeida, J. J.
Comesaña, Montserrat
Perea, Manuel
KeywordsWord frequency
Contextual diversity
Issue date2015
PublisherTaylor and Francis
JournalThe Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology
CitationSoares AP, Machado J, Costa A, et al. On the Advantages of Word Frequency and Contextual Diversity Measures Extracted from Subtitles: The Case of Portuguese. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. 2015;68(4):680-696. doi: 10.1080/17470218.2014.964271
Abstract(s)We examined the potential advantage of the lexical databases using subtitles and present SUBTLEX-PT, a new lexical database for 132,710 Portuguese words obtained from a 78 million corpus based on film and television series subtitles, offering word-frequency and contextual diversity measures. Additionally we validated SUBTLEX-PT with a lexical decision study involving 1,920 Portuguese words (and 1,920 non-words) with different lengths in letters (M = 6.89, SD = 2.10) and syllables (M = 2.99, SD = 0.94). Multiple regression analyses on latency and accuracy data were conducted to compare the proportion of variance explained by the Portuguese subtitle-word frequency measures with that accounted by the recent written-word frequency database (P-PAL; Soares et al., 2014a). As its international counterparts, SUBTLEX-PT explains approximately 15% more of the variance in the lexical decision performance of young adults than P-PAL database. Moreover, in line with recent studies, contextual diversity accounted for approximately 2% more of the variance in participant´s reading performance than the raw frequency counts obtained from subtitles. SUBTLEX-PT is freely available for research purposes at
DescriptionAccepted manuscript. Epub ahead of print, 29 Sep. 2014.
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