Sensory norms of 925 words

Kumcu A., Yağlı E.

20th International Conference on Turkish Linguistics 2020, Eskişehir, Turkey, 2 - 04 August 2021

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Eskişehir
  • Country: Turkey
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Extensive behavioral (e.g., Connell & Lynott, 2012) and neural (e.g., González et al., 2006) evidence within grounded-embodied views of language (e.g., Zwaan, 2014) suggests that sensory information plays a fundamental role in language comprehension and processing. In parallel, the number of norming studies offering sensory measures for words in English (Amsel, Urbach, & Kutas, 2012; Lynott & Connell, 2009; Lynott, Connell, Brysbaert, Brand, & Carney, 2019) and in other languages such as Chinese (Chen, Zhao, Long, Lu, & Huang, 2019), Dutch (Speed & Majid, 2017), French (Chedid et al., 2019), Italian (Morucci, Bottini, & Crepaldi, 2019; Vergallito, Petilli, & Marelli, 2020) and Spanish (Díez-Álamo, Díez, Alonso, Vargas, & Fernandez, 2018) is increasing. Such norming studies aid researchers in developing and controlling word stimuli to be used in performance-based language tasks (e.g., lexical decision, word naming, word recognition, and property verification). Previous norming studies in Turkish have presented measures for frequency (Göz, 2003), concreteness, imageability and free association (Tekcan & Göz, 2005), subjective age of acquisition (Göz, Tekcan, & Erciyes, 2017) and emotionality (Kapucu, Kılıç, Özkılıç, & Sarıbaz, 2018). However, no study has yet to present sensory information norms for Turkish words. The current ongoing research aims to fill this gap and collect sensory strength and modality exclusivity norms in six perceptual modalities (vision, hearing, taste, smell, touch, and interoception) for 925 Turkish nouns (see Paivio, Yuille, & Madigan, 1968) along with the demographic information (age, gender, educational level, location, and language) and a number of lexical (subjective frequency and gender ladenness) and semantic measures (valence, imageability, and concreteness) to correlate with sensory measures. Norms will be available via the Open Science Framework and an interactive web application. The current poster will communicate the methods and preliminary results of the research.