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Title: The malay lexicon project: A database of lexical statistics for 9,592 words
Authors: Yap, M.J. 
Rickard Liow, S.J. 
Jalil, S.B.
Faizal, S.S.B.
Issue Date: Nov-2010
Citation: Yap, M.J., Rickard Liow, S.J., Jalil, S.B., Faizal, S.S.B. (2010-11). The malay lexicon project: A database of lexical statistics for 9,592 words. Behavior Research Methods 42 (4) : 992-1003. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Malay, a language spoken by 250 million people, has a shallow alphabetic orthography, simple syllable structures, and transparent affixation-characteristics that contrast sharply with those of English. In the present article, we first compare the letter-phoneme and letter-syllable ratios for a sample of alphabetic orthographies to highlight the importance of separating language-specific from language-universal reading processes. Then, in order to develop a better understanding of word recognition in orthographies with more consistent mappings to phonology than English, we compiled a database of lexical variables (letter length, syllable length, phoneme length, morpheme length, word frequency, orthographic and phonological neighborhood sizes, and orthographic and phonological Levenshtein distances) for 9,592 Malay words. Separate hierarchical regression analyses for Malay and English revealed how the consistency of orthography-phonology mappings selectively modulates the effects of different lexical variables on lexical decision and speeded pronunciation performance. The database of lexical and behavioral measures for Malay is available at supplemental. © 2010 The Psychonomic Society, Inc.
Source Title: Behavior Research Methods
ISSN: 1554351X
DOI: 10.3758/BRM.42.4.992
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