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Anita Peti–Stantić, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Zagreb

Maja Anđel, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Zagreb

Gordana Keresteš, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Zagreb

Nikola Ljubešić, Institute Jožef Stefan, Ljubljana

Mateusz–Milan Stanojević, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Zagreb

Mirjana Tonković, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Zagreb

DOI: https://doi.org/10.22210/suvlin.2018.085.05

 

ABSTRACT

 

This article presents the initial results of the project The Building Blocks of Croatian 
Mental Grammar: Constraints of Information Structure, within the scope of which the Croatian 
Psycholinguistic Database is being constructed. The database contains empirically established 
values for the categories of concreteness, imageability, subjective frequency and age of acquisition 
for 3000 lexemes (nouns, verbs and adjectives) of Croatian extracted from the hrLex lexicon 
whose frequency was extracted from the hrWaC corpus. The article starts with an overview 
of research dealing with concreteness and imageability, followed by a presentation of the 
methodology employed in the construction of the Croatian Psycholinguistic Database. The central 
section of the article presents the statistics concerning concreteness and imageability estimates 
for the sample taken in its entirety, as well as divided according to lexical class. The results 
show that both concreteness and imageability differ according to lexical class. These results are 
discussed from the perspective of constructional cognitive linguistic theories.

 

KEYWORDS

psycholinguistic database, concreteness, imageability, lexical classes, mental lexicon, Croatian

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