ERIC Number: ED220813
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Contextual Predictability Norms for Pairs of Words Differing in a Single Letter. Technical Report No. 260.
Blanchard, Harry E.; And Others
To conduct a series of studies and to provide other researchers with texts that may prove useful in answering a variety of questions about perception in reading, it was necessary for two researchers to create pairs of texts that were different in meaning but were physically different in only one letter. These texts were created by first identifying pairs of words that differed in a single letter and then writing a context of one or more sentences in which either member of the pair would fit and make sense at the same word position in the text. (For example, "leaks/leans" in "The shed...so much it is unusable.") After the introduction, the first section of the document describes the construction of the materials, the two questionnaires used to determine the predictability of the critical word in the texts, the organization of the norms, and the potential uses of the norms in research. The bulk of the document then presents the words themselves, organized by length from three to seven letters and by parts of speech and shape of the pair. (JL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Rockville, MD.; National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Center for the Study of Reading.; Bolt, Beranek and Newman, Inc., Cambridge, MA.